J August Richards talks GIANTS, Deathlok on AGENTS OF SHIELD and more – Part 2 – Exclusive Interview

Brett Dalton and J. August Richards in MARVEL'S AGENTS OF SHIELD - Season 1 - "The Bridge" | © 2014 ABC/Kelsey McNeal

In Part 2 of our exclusive telephone interview with J. August Richards regarding his work as a director/writer/producer/actor on TVOne’s Cleo TV’s Sunday-airing series GIANTS, we discuss the show’s depiction of spirituality, the homage to FRESH PRINCE OF BEL-AIR, whether he’ll play Deathlok again, and more.  ASSIGNMENT X: You’ve talked about being a churchgoer in real life. Do you relate to the spirituality in GIANTS ? J AUGUST RICHARDS: Very much so. [GIANTS creator/star] James [Bland] and I have very long and involved conversations about God, about religion, about spirituality, about prayer, about meditation. AX: How is it writing dialogue to […]Read On »

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J. AUGUST RICHARDS talks Season 2 of GIANTS – Part 1 – Exclusive Interview

J. August Richards in GIANTS | courtesy J. August Richards

Multi-hyphenate (actor/writer/director/producer) J. August Richards is probably still best known to the world at large for his performing work, starring on all five seasons of ANGEL and recurring on MARVEL’S AGENTS OF SHIELD as the heroic Deathlok. Other regular gigs have included two seasons as a lawyer on RAISING THE BAR , one season as a law officer on KEVIN (PROBABLY) SAVES THE WORLD, and now as a doctor on NBC’s upcoming COUNCIL OF DADS. However, Richards has been getting a lot of recognition for his other talents as well. He has been nominated for Outstanding Writing and Outstanding Directing […]Read On »

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KEVIN (PROBABLY) SAVES THE WORLD: J. August Richards on the new ABC dramedy – exclusive interview

J. August Richards as Deputy Nate Purcell in KEVIN (PROBABLY) SAVES THE WORLD | © 2018 ABC/Bob D'Amico

In ABC’s freshman Tuesday-night dramedy KEVIN (PROBABLY) SAVES THE WORLD, Kevin (Jason Ritter) is a former financial whiz who returns to his hometown to live with his twin sister Amy (JoAnna Garcia Swisher) and her daughter Reese (Chloe East) after his life implodes. Kevin is startled to discover that he is tasked by a Heaven-sent entity (Kimberly Hebert Gregory) with actually saving the world, essentially by helping other people in small but crucial ways. J. August Richards plays local sheriff’s deputy Nate Purcell, who is sweet on Amy and baffled by Kevin. Richards, originally from Washington, D.C., has some supernatural […]Read On »

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Exclusive Photos from Marvel’s ANT-MAN World Premiere

Paul Rudd at the World Premiere of ANT-MAN | ©2015 Sue Schneider

The World Premiere of Marvel’s ANT-MAN was held recently in Hollywood at The Dolby Theatre. It was a big premiere closing down Hollywood Boulevard from Highland to Orange. Fans lined the street and the red carpet ran through Hollywood/Highland, which was lined with more fans. ANT-MAN was one of the most anticipated movies of summer releases. Seen walking the carpet were the stars of the film, which included: Paul Rudd, Michael Douglas, Evangeline Lilly (very pregnant), Corey Stoll, Judy Greer, Michael Pena, David Dastmalchian, Wood Harris, Abby Ryder Fortson, Gregg Turkington, Martin Donovan, Adam McKay (Screenwriter), Christophe Beck (Composer), and […]Read On »

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GIRLFRIENDS’ GUIDE TO DIVORCE creator chats about Season 1- exclusive interview

Lisa Edelstein stars as Abby in Bravo's GIRLFRIENDS' GUIDE TO DIVORCE | © 2015 Paul Drinkwater/Bravo

Marti Noxon began 2015 as a very busy executive producer, supervising post-production on two different TV series on two different networks. UN-REAL, which Noxon created with Sarah Gertrude Shapiro, is a satiric scripted look at a BACHELOR-style reality show, which will air on Lifetime later this year. Noxon also created GIRLFRIENDS’ GUIDE TO DIVORCE, currently airing on Bravo Tuesdays at 10 PM and renewed for a second season, which stars Lisa Edelstein as a romance advice expert navigating the end of her own marriage. Noxon’s previous credits include executive-producing the last two seasons of BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER and more […]Read On »

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Chloe Bennet on MARVEL’S AGENTS OF SHIELD – interview

Chloe Bennet as Skye on MARVEL'S AGENTS OF SHIELD | © 2014 ABC/Florian Schneider

In Season 2 of MARVEL’S AGENTS OF SHIELD, ABC Tuesdays at 9 PM, there’s some new kind of havoc around every corner. Phil Coulson, played by Clark Gregg, was resurrected after his big-screen death in MARVEL’S THE AVENGERS, and is now running the beleaguered S.H.I.E.L.D. It turned out that one of Coulson’s trusted agents, Grant Ward, played by Brett Dalton, was really part of the fascistic Hydra organization. Worse, Ward has just escaped, but he remains entranced by Skye, played by Chloe Bennet. Skye is Bennet’s first regular series role. When we met her character at the beginning of SHIELD’s […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: J. August Richards on MARVEL’S AGENTS OF SHIELD season finale and more – Part 2

Brett Dalton and J. August Richards in MARVEL'S AGENTS OF SHIELD - Season 1 - "The Bridge" | © 2014 ABC/Kelsey McNeal

In Part 2 of Assignment X’s exclusive interview with J. August Richards, the actor talks more about his work on MARVEL’S AGENTS OF SHIELD (ABC, Tuesdays at 8 PM) as the character Mike Peterson/Deathlok, plus his writing/directing project THE HYPNOTIST. ASSIGNMENT X: When you were on ANGEL, the producers were worried about spoilers, but it seems you’ve achieved a whole new level of security clearance working for Marvel. What is it like dealing with that kind of secrecy? J. AUGUST RICHARDS: Having to deal with Marvel security has introduced a phrase into my vocabulary that I now overuse. For example, […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: J. August Richards on MARVEL’S AGENTS OF SHIELD – Part 1

J. August Richards in MARVEL'S AGENTS OF SHIELD - Season 1 - "End of the Beginning" | © 2014 ABC/Kelsey McNeal

Viewers of ABC’s MARVEL’S AGENTS OF SHIELD, in its first season Tuesdays at 8 PM, were dealt a huge shock with the episode “Turn, Turn, Turn.” Airing just after the theatrical release of CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER, it dealt (like SOLDIER) with the revelation that S.H.I.E.L.D. had from its inception been infiltrated by the proto-Nazi organization HYDRA, which has now revealed itself and is wreaking havoc. This is terrible for the series regulars – team leader Agent Phil Coulson (Clark Gregg), Melinda May (Ming-Na Wen), Leo Fitz (Iain De Caestecker), Jemma Simmons (Elizabeth Henstridge) and Skye (Chloe Bennet), who’ve […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview with MARVEL’S AGENTS OF SHIELD star Elizabeth Henstridge

Elizabeth Henstridge as Simmons in MARVELS AGENTS OF SHIELD | © 2014 ABC/Justin Lubin

In MARVEL’S AGENTS OF SHIELD, on ABC Tuesdays at 8 PM, Elizabeth Henstridge plays brilliant bio-scientist Jemma Simmons, who works so closely with fellow scientist and technological whiz Leo Fitz (Iain De Caestecker) that they’re often jointly referred to as “FitzSimmons.” While everyone has had big moments on the show created by Joss Whedon & Jed Whedon & Maurissa Tancharoen, so far the episode “F.Z.Z.T.” has provided the most drama for Henstridge’s Simmons. Infected with a lethal alien virus, Simmons jumps off the team’s plane while it’s in flight, preferring to die alone than risk her comrades becoming ill and/or […]Read On »

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TV Review: MARVEL’S AGENTS OF SHIELD – SEASON 1 – “Pilot” – Series Premiere

Clark Gregg as Agent Coulson in AGENTS OF SHIELD | (c) 2013 ABC/Justin Lubin

Cast: Clark Gregg, Colbie Smulders, Ming-Na Wen, Brett Dalton, Chloe Bennet, Iain De Caestecker, Elizabeth Henstridge, Ron Glass, J. August Richards Writer: Joss Whedon, Jed Whedon, Maurissa Tancharoen Director: Joss Whedon Network: Airs on ABC, Tuesdays @ 8 p.m. Original Telecast: Sept. 24, 2013 So THE AVENGERS happened. Obviously, that’s the understatement of the century considering it stands as one of the highest grossing movies of all time and launched a whole new generations to the characters that so many of us have already known and loved for many years. Now comes MARVEL’S AGENTS OF SHIELD, a television sequel to […]Read On »

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