TV Review: THE PLAYBOY CLUB – Season 1 premiere – “Pilot”

Amber Heard and Eddie Cibrian in THE PLAYBOY CLUB - Season 1 | ©2011 NBC

Stars: Eddie Cibrian, Amber Heard, David Krumholtz, Jenna Dewan-Tatum, Laura Benanti, Leah Renee, Naturi Naughton, Jenifer Lewis, Troy Garity Writer: Chad Hodge Director: Alan Taylor Network: NBC, Mondays @ 10 PM Original Telecast: September 19, 2011 Raise your hands if you know any women today who wished they could have been Playboy Bunnies working at the clubs back in the early Sixties. Come on, don’t be shy … Truthfully, me neither. There are no doubt a lot of men (and some women) who either wish they could have patronized a Playboy Club back in the day or even have fond […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: Ioan Gruffudd gets the call for RINGER

Ioan Gruffudd in RINGER - Season 1 | ©2011 The CW Network/Art Streiber

In the CW’s new series RINGER, premiering tonight at 9 PM, Sarah Michelle Gellar (of BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER) makes her long-awaited return to TV in a dual role. Gellar plays both the devious, wealthy Siobhan and her twin sister, downtrodden prostitute Bridget, who winds up assuming Siobhan’s identity. Ioan Gruffudd  (pronounced YO-an GRUFF-uth) plays Siobhan’s husband Andrew, who has quite a few secrets of his own. The Welsh actor sprang to international fame as the title character in the remake of POLDARK and the HORATIO HORNBLOWER telefilms, and subsequently has worked often on both sides of the Atlantic. Genre […]Read On »

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TCA 2011 News: PAN AM producer/director talk about how the 1960s set series is nothing like MAD MEN

Christina Ricci in PAN AM - Season 1 | ©2011 ABC/Patrick Harbron

With NBC debuting the 1960s set THE PLAYBOY CLUB this fall and ABC airing the 1960s set PAN AM (a serialized drama about the legendary international airline), questions have arisen whether or not these series would not have made it on the air without the success of the AMC period drama MAD MEN. While at today’s Television Critics Association session for the new ABC series PAN AM, executive producer  and director Thomas Schlamme says a good show has nothing to do with its setting. “Television is execution, and not the time period it takes place in,” says Schlamme. “All I […]Read On »

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TCA 2011 News: Why THE HOUR is more political thriller than MAD MEN

THE HOUR - Series 1 | ©2011 BBC America

BBC America will be debuting THE HOUR, its new co-production with BBC 2 on August 17th and critics got a first taste of the impressive looking  new series at the Summer’s 2011 TCA session. Set in the mid 1950s, the series created by Abi Morgan is an espionage thriller set in the news room of the BBC as it follows the triangle of a young journalist (Ben Whishaw), an ambitious young producer (Romola Garai) and the new lead anchor of the show (Dominic West). While similarities between THE HOUR and MAD MEN are inevitable, executive producer Derek Wax says those […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: THE KILLING actor Bill Campbell isn’t killing time

Bill Campbell in THE KILLING | ©2011 AMC

AMC’s new series THE KILLING, airing Sundays, is based on the hit Danish series FORBRYDELSEN, which follows not only the detectives investigating the murder of a young woman, but also the crime’s effect on the community. Bill Campbell (THE ROCKETEER, THE 4400, ONCE AND AGAIN) plays mayoral candidate Darren Richmond, whose campaign and perhaps personal life are impacted by the situation. Sitting down in a hotel restaurant in Pasadena at the winter Television Critics Association press tour, Campbell talks about his new gig – and about his occasional need to leave Hollywood behind and literally go out to sea. ASSIGNMENT […]Read On »

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