UNDERGROUND: Creators Misha Green and Joe Pokaski on Season 2 – Exclusive Interview

The cast of UNDERGROUND | © 2016 WGN

Created by Misha Green and Joe Pokaski, UNDERGROUND is a drama that explores the early days of the Underground Railroad, which began before the American Civil War. The Underground Railroad helped enslaved Americans escape the South to the free states of the North and to Canada. Although UNDERGROUND deals primarily with fictional characters, including escapees Aldis Hodge’s Noah, Jurnee Smollett-Bell’s Rosalee and Alano Miller’s Cato, and Jessica De Gouw’s white convert to the cause Elizabeth, in Season 2, UNDERGROUND includes some notable historical figures. Chief among these is Underground Railroad “conductor” Harriet Tubman, played by Aisha Hinds, and black statesman […]Read On »

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Exclusive Photos: BEAUTY AND THE BEAST Hollywood Premiere

Emma Watson at the World Premiere of BEAUTY AND THE BEAST

The World Premiere of Disney’s BEAUTY AND THE BEAST was held March 2, at the El Captain Theater in Hollywood. It was a big premiere. At the end of the carpet was a huge reception for the guests and stars with a spread of food and drink fit for a king to enjoy before heading into the theater. Fans lined the street screaming as the stars arrive. Seen walking the carpet were the stars of the film, which included: Emma Watson, Dan Stevens, Luke Evans, Josh Gad, Audra McDonald, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Matthew Lewis, Matt Sullivan (music), Celine Dion and John […]Read On »

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UNDERGROUND: Anthony Hemingway gives the Season 1 scoop – exclusive interview

Alano Miller as CATO in UNDERGROUND | © 2016 WGN

WGN America’s UNDERGROUND, premiering on Wednesday, March 9, is set in the year 1857, when slavery still plagued much of the United States and the U.S. Civil War had not yet occurred. The Underground Railroad, the dangerous network of way stations and helpers by which some people escaped their captors to the northern states and into Canada, was in its formative stages. Anthony Hemingway directed the first four episodes of UNDERGROUND. By a coincidence of timing, he also has episodes currently airing of another very different drama that also involves race in the U.S., FX Network’s THE PEOPLE V. O.J. […]Read On »

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TV Review: AMERICAN IDOL – Season 12 – “1st 10 Semifinalists Perform”

Breanna Steer performs on AMERICAN IDOL Season 12 | (c) 2013 Michael Becker/FOX

Stars: Randy Jackson, Keith Urban, Mariah Carey, Nicki Minaj, Ryan Seacrest Network: Airs on Fox, Wednesdays and Thursdays at 8 pm Original Telecast: Feb. 27, 2013 Finally, America gets involved on the world’ greatest karaoke competition, AMERICAN IDOL, as we are down to the Top 10 chicks and Top 10 dudes that make up the finals. Does anyone care is a good question to ask given the bottoming out of the ratings but we’ll just put that on the back burner for the duration. First up is the ladies of the competition, the next night will be the dudes and […]Read On »

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Breaking News: ABC discusses the lackluster ratings for DUETS

John Legend, Kelly Clarkson, Quddus, Jennifer Nettles of Sugarland and Robin Thicke in DUETS - Season 1 | ©2012 ABC/Kelsey McNeal

While ABC has not made a decision if the reality singing competition DUETS will return for a second season (the ratings haven’t so great), ABC Entertainment Group President Paul Lee says he has been pleased creatively with the show and no decision as been made about a second season next summer. “We haven’t made a decision about it, but the cast was fantastic and we loved the twist of Jennifer Nettles or Kelly Clarkson getting up and singing and not just being judges,” says Lee. “Reality is hard because it’s much more difficult now to find the shock of the […]Read On »

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TV Review: DUETS – Season 1 – “Songs That Inspire”

John Glosson and Jennifer Nettles perform on DUETS - Season 1 - Week 3 - "Songs That Inspire" | ©2012 ABC/Kelsey McNeal

Cast: Kelly Clarkson, Jennifer Nettles, John Legend, Robin Thicke, Quddus Network: ABC, Thursday nights Original Telecast: June 7, 2012 DUETS continues its downward spiral with another week of frustrating song choices. Song choice is still a big issue with these shows and many contestants suffered this week because of this. The theme this week is “Songs That Inspire.” Did I see this theme eight times last season on AMERICAN IDOL? Can’t anyone come up with anything new? How about “Elvis Costello Week” or something more challenging? Ugh. Still no public voting unfortunately – so the show proves to be a […]Read On »

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TV Review: DUETS – Season 1 – “Classic Duets”

Jennifer Nettles and J Rome perform on DUETS - Season 1 - "Classic Duets" | ©2012 ABC/Kelsey McNeal

Cast: Kelly Clarkson, Jennifer Nettles, John Legend, Robin Thicke Network: ABC, Thursday nights Original Telecast: June 1, 2012 In week two of ABC’s singing reality show DUETS, which pits four pros with eight amateurs for weekly duets and the chance to win a recording contract, we’re treated to more of the same which marred last week’s uneven debut. With Kelly Clarkson, Jennifer Nettles (of Sugarland), John Legend and Robin Thicke – there are some great pros that are nurturing the talent. The problem still remains is the voting system. The judges give points for performance and presentation which places people […]Read On »

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TV Review: DUETS – Season 1 – “Superstars Greatest Hits” – Series Premiere

John Legend, Kelly Clarkson, Quddus, Jennifer Nettles of Sugarland and Robin Thicke in DUETS - Season 1 | ©2012 ABC/Kelsey McNeal

Featuring: Kelly Clarkson, Jennifer Nettles, John Legend, Robin Thicke Network: ABC, Thursday nights Original Telecast: May 25, 2012 So close on the heels of the AMERICAN IDOL and THE VOICE finales, ABC gets into the musical competition game with DUETS. At two hours, the series premiere proves to be a bit unwieldy like many competition shows, but the premise is at least somewhat different – four superstars Kelly Clarkson, Jennifer Nettles of Sugarland, Robin Thicke and John Legend pick two contestants apiece to be their duet partners. The title allows them to go, “let’s duet” (get the pun) and then […]Read On »

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