THE AMERICANS: Creators Joe Weisberg and Joel Fields on Season 5- Exclusive Interview

Keri Russell in THE AMERICANS - Season 1 | ©2013 FX/Frank Ockenfels

In Season 5 of THE AMERICANS, Tuesday nights on FX Network, things are more stressful than ever for our ‘80s-era KGB spies, Philip (Matthew Rhys) and Elizabeth Jennings (Keri Russell). Not only are the pretend-all-American couple continuing to keep us their identities, they are trying to prevent the U.S. from poisoning the U.S.S.R.’s grain supply, coping with teenage daughter Paige’s (Holly Taylor) romance with the son of FBI Agent Stan Beeman (Noah Emmerich) and dealing with son Henry’s (Kiedrich Sellati) increasing curiosity about exactly where Mom and Dad go all the time. Series creator Joe Weisberg and his fellow executive […]Read On »

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FX NETWORKS: CEO John Landgraf talks THE STRAIN – Season 3 and more – exclusive interview

THE STRAIN logo | ©2014 FX

FX Networks and FX Productions’ CEO John Landgraf sounds very happy when he addresses the Television Critics Association in August, which isn’t surprising given what he has to say. “In the twelve years I’ve been at FX, I don’t think we’ve ever had a better first half of a calendar year than 2016, and I know we’ve definitely never had a better traditional broadcast year than the 2015-2016 season. In addition to the four TCA and two AFI Awards, we broke out own basic cable record with fifty-six Emmy Awards.” Landgraf credits Variety reporter Maureen Ryan with, in November, writing […]Read On »

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FX NETWORK: CEO John Landgraf talks all things FX – Exclusive Interview

THE STRAIN - Sesaon 2 Key Art | ©2015 FX

FX Network and FX Productions’ CEO John Landgraf made perhaps the most quoted statement of the year regarding the state of television viewing when he told the Television Critics Association in August, “I long ago lost the ability to keep track of every scripted television series, as I know you do, even though we all do this for a living professionally, but this year, I finally lost track of the ability to keep track of every programmer [network] who is in the scripted programming business.” Landgraf’s conclusion, shared even by many viewers who aren’t in the business: “This is simply […]Read On »

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THE BASTARD EXECUTIONER: Creator Kurt Sutter discusses her FX series – Interview

THE BASTARD EXECUTIONER | ©2015 FX

Kurt Sutter created SONS OF ANARCHY, the biker crime drama with themes from HAMLET that wrapped its seven-season run on FX last year. Now Sutter is back at FX with THE BASTARD EXECUTIONER, premiering its Tuesday-night 10 PM run on September 15 with a double episode. THE BASTARD EXECUTIONER is set in northern Wales in the 14th century. Soldier Wilkin Brattle (Lee Jones) has what he believes is an encounter with a divine messenger who instructs him to become an executioner under the sometimes conflicting influences of the mystic Annora (Katey Sagal) and ambitious politician Milus Corbett (Stephen Moyer). Addressing […]Read On »

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THE STRAIN: Guillermo Del Toro talks Season 2 and HELLBOY III – Interview

Corey Stoll is Ephraim Goodweather in THE STRAIN - Season 2 | ©2015 FX/Robert Sebree

With writer Chuck Hogan, filmmaker Guillermo Del Toro has created THE STRAIN franchise three times – first as a trilogy of novels, then as graphic novels and now as the series running in its second season Sundays at 10 on FX Network, which has renewed the show for next year. Del Toro and Hogan both serve as executive producers on the chronicle of hive-minded vampires, called the Strigoi taking over New York City (and the world) under the command of a sinister Master. Del Toro, acclaimed for PAN’S LABYRINTH, the HELLBOY films, PACIFIC RIM and more, wrote (with Matthew Robbins) […]Read On »

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THE STRAIN creator Guillermo del Toro on his new nasty vamp series

Jack Kesy as Gabriel Bolivar in THE STRAIN | © 2014 Michael Gibson/FX

FX’s new series THE STRAIN, Sundays at 10 PM, brings horror back to the vampire mythology. Forget the charmers of TRUE BLOOD, BEING HUMAN, et al, or even Bela Lugosi – these things are hideous, terrifying and breeding like Ebola virus. Worse, they’re in New York City. Center for Disease Control researchers Ephraim Goodweather (Corey Stoll) and Nora Martinez (Mia Maestro) want to combat the plague, but so far aren’t sure how to do so; pawn shop owner Abraham Setrakian (David Bradley), who’s had experience with the creatures before, and city exterminator Vasily Fet (Kevin Durand) may have some ideas. […]Read On »

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JUSTIFIED’s Graham Yost talks the Season 5 Finale

Jacob Lofland as Kendal Crowe in JUSTIFIED | © 2014 Prashant Gupta/FX

JUSTIFIED, the series based on the late Elmore Leonard’s novella FIRE IN THE HOLE, wraps up its tension-filled fifth season on FX Tuesday, April 8, at 10 PM. U.S. Deputy Marshal Raylan Givens (Timothy Olyphant, also one of JUSTIFIED’s producers) is desperately trying to find some way to bring down Daryl Crowe Jr. (Michael Rapaport), who has framed his teenage nephew Kendal Crowe (Jacob Lofland) for shooting Raylan’s boss Chief Deputy Art Mullen (Nick Searcy). Meanwhile, Raylan’s frenemy, local criminal kingpin Boyd Crowder (Walton Goggins) is in a serious jam due to a heroin shipment gone awry, while Boyd’s fiancée […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: FX president John Landgraf on AMERICAN HORROR STORY: ASYLUM’s Emmy nods and the future of WILFRED

AMERICAN HORROR STORY: ASYLUM Key Art | ©2012 FX

Everyone knows that the Emmys never nominate horror programming, which is why FX’s AMERICAN HORROR STORY: ASYLUM is nominated for fifteen Emmys this year – uh, wait a minute. FX President John Landgraf takes some time during a break at the Television Critics Association press tour to discuss the Emmy love for his network’s show that has “horror” in its title. The AMERICAN HORROR STORY: ASYLUM nominations include Outstanding Miniseries or Movie, Outstanding Actress (Jessica Lange, who won an Outstanding Supporting Actress Emmy last year for playing a different role in the series’ first season), Outstanding Supporting Actor (James Cromwell […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: The scoop on 24: LIVE ANOTHER DAY from executive producer Howard Gordon

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Producer/writer Howard Gordon is a very busy man, what with last year’s truckload of Emmys for the first season of Showtime’s HOMELAND, an even bigger slate of nominations for the second season of HOMELAND, the series TYRANT in development at FX and LEGENDS, an espionage series starring Sean Bean, at TNT. This last is likely why Gordon is at TNT’s twenty-fifth anniversary party at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. We talked with Gordon about all his projects (see our upcoming separate interview), but while we’re at it, we got an update on next year’s anticipated mini-season of 24: LIVE ANOTHER DAY […]Read On »

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Interview: Comedian W. Kamau Bell spins the news on TOTALLY BIASED

W. Kamau Bell in TOTALLY BIASED - Season 1 | ©2012 FX/Matthias Clamer

Interesting fact: the same parent company that gives us Fox News also gives us TOTALLY BIASED WITH W. KAMAU BELL. TOTALLY BIASED, which airs on FX Thursday nights at 11 PM and is executive-produced by Chris Rock, showcases standup comedian Bell’s humor and cheerfully leftist political views. At an event held by FX for the television press,Bell takes some time to talk about his show, his comedy and his distinctive style. ASSIGNMENT X: As a comedian, did you have any desire to see Mitt Romney win the election, just in terms of comedic fodder? W. KAMAU BELL: I’m not that […]Read On »

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