Exclusive Interview: REVOLUTION star Giancarlo Esposito on the second half of Season 1

Giancarlo Esposito in REVOLUTION - Season 1 - "Chained Heat" | ©2013 NBC/John Domoney

On NBC’s Eric Kripke-created/Kripke and J.J. Abrams-produced REVOLUTION, the world has been without electricity for fifteen years now, which has wrought dramatic changes in the social structure. Ambitious conqueror Sebastian Monroe (David Lyons) has founded the Monroe Republic. In the episode before the midseason break,Monroe had acquired helicopter gunships, and the ability to get them in the air, which could spell bad news for the show’s band of heroes. Giancarlo Esposito plays Captain Tom Neville, one of Monroe’s top officers who has his own ambitions and is harboring growing doubts about his leader. However, Tom does have a very warm […]Read On »

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Interview: J.J. Abrams talks FRINGE finale and some STAR TREK

Peter (Josh Jackson, R) battles Windmark (guest star Michael Kospa, L) in the final and extraordinary battle | (c) 2013 Liane Hentscher/FOX

After five seasons of complicated familial bonds, inter-dimensional travel, suspended animation and a bunch of generally strange events, Walter (John Noble), Peter (Joshua Jackson) and Olivia (Anna Torv) wrap up their story on the two-hour series FRINGE finale on Fox, Friday night at 8. Executive producer J.J. Abrams, who co-created FRINGE with fellow e.p.s Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci, stopped by a party thrown by Fox for the Television Critics Association to give his thoughts on the show’s close – and answer a couple of STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS questions while he was there. ASSIGNMENT X: After directing the second […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: TWILIGHT SAGA star Billy Burke joins the REVOLUTION

Billy Burke in REVOLUTION - Season 1 - "Sex and Drugs" | ©2012 NBC/Brownie Harris

In NBC’s freshman series REVOLUTION, Monday nights at 10 PM, all electricity is gone from the world. Created by Eric Kripke, who executive-produces with J.J. Abrams, with a pilot directed by fellow executive producer Jon Favreau, REVOLUTION takes place fifteen years after “the lights went out.” Much of the former United States is ruled by militias. However, a small band of people are trying to find out what really happened and restore power – both electronic and personal – to the populace. Two of the main characters are the uncle and niece team of Miles Matheson, played by Billy Burke, […]Read On »

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Interview: REVOLUTION director Jon Favreau gives the scoop on the new NBC series

Billy Burke, Elizabeth Mitchell, Giancarlo Esposito, and Tracy Spiridakos in REVOLUTION - Season 1 | ©2012 NBC/Nino Munoz

NBC’s new series REVOLUTION premieres tonight, Monday September 17, at 10 PM.  Created by Eric Kripke (SUPERNATURAL), who executive produces REVOLUTION with a team headed up by J.J. Abrams, the show opens with a mysterious event suddenly stops all electrical power around the planet. Fifteen years later, society has reformed sans electricity. A young woman named Charlie (Tracy Spiridakos) must travel through the landscape with a small group of companions who want to find out exactly what happened – the more so because of a militia that intends to violently prevent them from doing so. The REVOLUTION pilot was helmed […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: ALCATRAZ warden Jonny Coyne on the season finale and the future of the series

Jonny Coyne in ALCATRAZ - Season 1 | ©2012 Fox/Kharen Hill

As the Fox thriller series ALCATRAZ has progressed, we’ve learned a little bit about the mysterious Warden Edwin James (Jonny Coyne) as flashbacks have revealed some of the strange things he’s been up to in the 1960s – many of which could be indirectly or directly responsible for the inmates disappearing and now suddenly reappearing in present day San Francisco. It’s in these flashbacks where many questions have come up such as “What’s behind the mysterious door, what’s the Warden doing with the inmates blood and how does he fit into all of this?” ASSIGNMENT X caught up with the […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: Producer Daniel Pyne chats ALCATRAZ Season 2 and more

Jorge Garcia in ALCATRAZ - Season 1 - "Clarence Montgomery" |©2012 Fox/Liane Hentscher

In Fox’s new series ALCATRAZ, which has its first-season finale tonight in a two-hour block beginning at 8 PM, San Francisco police homicide Detective Rebecca Madsen (Sarah Jones) notices something strange is going on when the fingerprints of a man who supposedly died fifty years earlier show up at a homicide scene. She subsequently learns that Alcatraz Prison, where the suspect had been incarcerated, was actually shut down because all of the inmates vanished suddenly; they are now showing up in the present. If viewers have noticed a slight change in tone around Episode Seven of ALCATRAZ, executive-produced by J.J. […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: Jennifer Johnson does time on ALCATRAZ

Sam Neill, Jorge Garcia and Sarah Jones in ALCATRAZ - Season 1 - "Clarence Montgomery" | ©2012 Fox/Liane Hentscher

Fox’s new series ALCATRAZ, Mondays at 9 PM, is the newest television offering from prolific producer J.J. Abrams. In the show, we learn that the maximum security prison on Alcatraz Island was closed fifty years ago, not for the reasons given to the public, but because all of the inmates disappeared overnight. When they begin showing up in present-day San Francisco, it’s up to a team played by Sam Neill, Sarah Jones, Jorge Garcia (who previously played Hugo “Hurley” Reyes for Abrams on LOST) and Parminder Nagra to track down the out-of-time miscreants and figure out what’s happened. As ALCATRAZ […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: ALCATRAZ star Parminder Nagra gets a piece of the Rock

Parminder Nagra in ALCATRAZ - Season 1 | ©2012 Fox/Kharen Hill

Ask Parminder Nagre a question about Fox’s new series ALCATRAZ, which airs Mondays at 9 PM, and the actress will burst out laughing. It’s not that she thinks the series is funny, but the idea of being interviewed about it is, since there is almost nothing she’s allowed to say about either the storyline or her character, Lucy Banerjee. ALCATRAZ, executive produced by J.J. Abrams, has an enigmatic island at its center (a plot element Abrams has worked with before), but this time, it’s the site of the infamous maximum security Alcatraz Prison, which closed in 1963. Historically, the prisoners […]Read On »

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Breaking News: Yes, STAR TREK 2 will be in 3D, but post-converted according to J.J. Abrams

J.J. Abrams at the SUPER 8 celebrates the Blu-ray and DVD release | ©2011 Su Schneider

As J.J. Abrams fears up to direct STAR TREK 2, rumors of characters and plots have been bubbling to the surface, yet there is one thing that is concrete – the movie will be in 3D. J.J. Abrams spoke briefly about what’s happening with STAR TREK 2 while promoting his new show ALCATRAZ at today’s FOX TCA press tour. “The studio wanted to do [3D] and I didn’t want to,” says Abrams. “When I saw parts of the first movie converted though, I thought, ‘it’s okay with them doing it, as long as I could shoot the movie I wanted […]Read On »

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TCA News: J.J. Abrams says ALCATRAZ will be standalone, but with serialized elements

Sarah Jones, Sam Neill and Jorge Garcia in ALCATRAZ - Season 1 | ©2012 Fox/Justin Stephens

Like many TV shows executive produced by J.J. Abrams (FRINGE, ALIAS, LOST), there will be a heavy mythology component to his new Fox series ALCATRAZ which debuts Monday, January 16 . The story follows three people hunting down some of the most notorious criminals who were housed on the San Francisco island prison – 50 years after they mysteriously vanished While this seems ripe with heavy serialization, Abrams, who admits he loves serialized shows, explained today at Fox’s TCA press tour that the show is also designed to procedural in a sense as well. “This is a show that was […]Read On »

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