NEXT: Actor Jason Butler Harner on the Fox techno-thriller – Exclusive Interview

Jason Butler Harner as Ted LeBlanc in NEXT - Season 1 | ©2020 FOX/Miller Mobley

In NEXT, Tuesday nights on Fox, series creator Manny Coto postulates that an artificial intelligence has reached self-awareness, and wants to get rid of humanity. The A.I.’s regretful inventor, billionaire Paul LeBlanc (John Slattery), enlists government cyber-security expert Shea Salazar (Fernanda Andrade) and her team in an effort to stop neXt. Jason Butler Harner plays Ted LeBlanc, Paul’s younger brother, who has taken over the company Paul founded. Harner, originally from New York, has film and TV credits that include OZARK, RAY DONOVAN, SCANDAL, THE BLACKLIST, NON-STOP, HOMELAND, THE GREEN, and, coincidentally, the 2007 Nicolas Cage science-fiction feature NEXT. At […]Read On »

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NEXT: Actors Eve Harlow and Michael Mosley on Season 1 – Exclusive Interview

Michael Mosley as CMEve Harlow as Gina

NEXT is the title of the new Fox Network Tuesday-night series about an artificial intelligence, also called NEXT. The NEXT A.I. has achieved consciousness and is slowly going about using every bit of tech at its disposal to dispose of people who might be able to stop it from eradicating humanity. Fighting against NEXT are its creator, Paul LeBlance (John Slattery), and FBI Special Agent Shea Salazar (Fernanda Andrade), who heads up a cybersecurity task force. Eve Harlow plays Gina Graham and Michael Mosley plays C.M., both members of Salazar’s team. Gina is Salazar’s protégé, while C.M. is an ex-con […]Read On »

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NEXT: Creator Manny Coto on Season 1 of the new Fox sci-fi thriller series – Exclusive Interview

Eve Harlow, Aaron Clifton Moten, Michael Mosley, Jason Butler Harner, John Slattery, Fernanda Andrade, Evan Whitten, Elizabeth Cappuccino and Gerardo Celasco in NEXT - Season 1 | ©2020 Fox/Miller Mobley

NEXT, premiering Tuesday, October 6 on Fox, is a thriller about an artificial intelligence program (aka AI) that has achieved superintelligence. This terrifies its creator, Paul LeBlanc (John Slattery), who teams up with a Homeland Security cybercrime task force in an attempt to stop the AI from advancing a homicidal agenda. Manny Coto created NEXT and serves as an executive producer. Coto won a Dramatic Series Emmy in 2006 for his work as one of the executive producers (and writers) on 24. He also created the series THE ½ HOUR NEWS HOUR, and has served as an executive producer/writer on […]Read On »

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Movie Review: SPOTLIGHT

SPOTLIGHT | © 2015 Open Road

Rating: R Stars: Mark Ruffalo, Michael Keaton, Rachel McAdams, Stanley Tucci, Brian D’Arcy James, Liev Schreiber, John Slattery Writers: Tom McCarthy and Josh Singer, based on the book BETRAYAL by the investigative staff of the Boston Globe Director: Tom McCarthy Distributor: Open Road Release Date: November 5, 2015 SPOTLIGHT harks back to ALL THE PRESIDENT’S MEN, the 1976 feature film about Washington Post journalists Bob Woodward (played by Robert Redford) and Carl Bernstein (played by Dustin Hoffman) digging into the story of the break-in at the Watergate Hotel, which ultimately toppled the presidency of Richard Nixon. While the action in […]Read On »

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TV Review: MAD MEN – Season 5 Finale – “The Phantom”

John Hamm and Elisabeth Moss in MAD MEN - Season 5 finale - "The Phantom" | ©2012 AMC

Stars: John Hamm, Elisabeth Moss, Vincent Kartheiser, Christina Hendricks, Jared Harris, John Slattery, January Jones, Jessica Pare, Robert Morse, Aaron Staton, Rich Sommer, Kiernan Shipka Writer: Jonathan Igla & Matthew Wiener, Series created by Matthew Wiener Director: Matthew Wiener Network: AMC, airs Sunday nights Original Telecast: June 10, 2012 It’s funny. I thought following on the heels of last week’s episode of MAD MEN, that there would be a HUGE finale that would leave fans reeling, but honestly it felt more like a normal episode with not a lot of huge revelations taking place. “The Phantom” just seems like it […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: Christina Hendricks talks MAD MEN Season 5

Christina Hendricks in MAD MEN - Season 5 - "The Other Woman" | ©2012 AMC/Frank Ockenfels

MAD MEN has its fifth-season finale tonight on AMC. Created by Matt Weiner, the series about the careers and personal lives of Madison Avenue advertising executives has won Emmys and viewer loyalty One of the other things MAD MEN has done is made a sex symbol and fashion icon of Christina Hendricks, who plays Joan Holloway Harris. Over the seasons, Joan has risen from being a secretary to, this season, a partner in the firm. Hendricks, born in Tennessee and raised in Idaho, acquired a cult following for her role as the many-named con woman Saffron on FIREFLY and was […]Read On »

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The Top Ten WOW Moments of MAD MEN Season Five

MAD MEN poster - Season 5 | ©2012 AMC

The fifth season of MAD MEN has been interesting. There have been lots of changes and losses and even some gains. The series still manages to keep me completely entertained and ready for the next episode as soon as the current one is ending. Since there have been so many random WOW moments this season (and the finale hits Sunday night), ASSIGNMENT X decided it was time to look back at the best (and in some cases most disturbing moments) of Season 5. 10. Megan gets a musical introduction Making sure to show that Megan (Jessica Pare) is not just […]Read On »

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TV Review: MAD MEN – Season 5 – “Commissions and Fees”

Jared Harris as Lane Pryce in MAD MEN - Season 5 - "Commissions and Fees" | ©2012 AMC/Ron Jaffe

Stars: John Hamm, Elisabeth Moss, Vincent Kartheiser, Christina Hendricks, Jared Harris, John Slattery, January Jones, Jessica Pare, Robert Morse, Aaron Staton, Rich Sommer, Kiernan Shipka Writer: Andre Jacquemetton & Maria Jacquemetton, Series created by Matthew Wiener Director: Chris Manley      Network: AMC, airs Sunday nights Original Telecast: June 3, 2012 I really think the only way to start this MAD MEN review is…DAMN! Just when you think things couldn’t go darker in the offices of Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce, we have “Commissions and Fees”. There is only one episode left of the season and I really have absolutely NO idea […]Read On »

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Interview: MAD MEN star Elisabeth Moss on Peggy and Season 5

Elisabeth Moss in MAD MEN - Season 5 | ©2012 AMC/Frank Ockenfels

AMC’s series MAD MEN, now in its fifth season Sundays at 9 PM, has some things in common with its character Peggy Olson, played by Elisabeth Moss. When MAD MEN, created by Matthew Weiner, began its run in 2007, no one knew that it would turn out to be an award-winning juggernaut. Likewise, when Moss’ Peggy joined the Madison Avenue advertising firm then known as Sterling-Cooper in 1960, no one foresaw that she would become the company’s first female copywriter and one of the strongest people there. Moss has been nominated for the Supporting Actress in a Drama Series three […]Read On »

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TV Review: MAD MEN – Season 5 – “The Other Woman”

Jon Hamm as Don Draper and Elisabeth Moss as Peggy Olson in MAD MEN - Season 5 - "The Other Woman" | ©2012 AMC

Stars: John Hamm, Elisabeth Moss, Vincent Kartheiser, Christina Hendricks, Jared Harris, John Slattery, January Jones, Jessica Pare, Robert Morse, Aaron Staton, Rich Sommer, Kiernan Shipka Writer: Matthew Wiener& Semi Chellas, Series created by Matthew Wiener Director: Phil Abraham    Network: AMC, airs Sunday nights Original Telecast: May 27, 2012 This fifth season of MAD MEN is all about game changing. This can happen in subtle ways, or it can be something that strikes the audience over the head. “The Other Woman” is one of the best episodes  this season. The degradation of Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce Campbell has been inching its […]Read On »

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