MIXED-ISH: Actress Arica Himmell on Season 1 of the ABC spin-off – Exclusive Interview

Arica Himmel as Bow in MIXED-ISH | ©2018/Brian Bowen Smith

MIXED-ISH, now in its first season Tuesday nights on ABC, is spun off from BLACK-ISH. In BLACK-ISH, Tracee Ellis Ross plays doctor, wife and family woman Rainbow Johnson. MIXED-ISH, which Ross created with Kenya Barris (who also created BLACK-ISH) & Peter Saji, chronicles Rainbow’s childhood. Arica Himmel plays the young Rainbow in MIXED-ISH (Ross narrates the show as Rainbow’s adult self). As MIXED-ISH begins, we’re in the ‘80s. Rainbow, her two younger siblings and their parents, black mom Alicia (Tika Sumpter) and white dad Paul (Mark-Paul Gosselaar) move from a free-spirited commune to suburbia, where the kids must deal with […]Read On »

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MIXED-ISH: Mark-Paul Gosselaar returns to comedy – Exclusive Interview

Mark-Paul Gosselaar in MIXED-ISH - Season 1 | ©2019 ABC/Brian Bowen Smith

MIXED-ISH, Tuesday nights on ABC, is a prequel spinoff of that network’s BLACK-ISH. Created by Kenya Barris (who also created BLACK-ISH) & Peter Saji & Tracee Ellis Ross, MIXED-ISH explores the childhood of Ross’s BLACK-ISH character Rainbow (played in MIXED-ISH by Arica Himmel – Ross narrates as Rainbow’s adult self), her two siblings and their parents, black mother Alicia (Tika Sumpter) and white father Paul, who is played in MIXED-ISH by Mark-Paul Gosselaar. (We’ve already met Paul’s older self as played in a recurring role by Beau Bridges on BLACK-ISH.)  We encounter the family as they’re forced to move from […]Read On »

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THE PASSAGE: Director Jason Ensler chats about the Season 1 finale – Exclusive Interview

THE PASSAGE - Season 1 - “Stay in the Light / Last Lesson” | ©2019 Fox/Erika Doss

In the two-hour first-season finale of THE PASSAGE on Fox, Monday, March 11, things change a lot for the characters, and for the whole world. Nobody is willing to say exactly what those changes are – nobody wants to give spoilers – but everybody agrees something monumental happens. In the television adaptation of Justin Cronin’s trilogy of novels, we know that government experiment Project Noah has gone terribly wrong, resulting in people becoming vampire-like Virals. Young Amy Bellafonte (Saniyya Sidney) has been exposed to the virus, but she is different from the other Virals. Former special agent Brad Wolgast (Mark-Paul […]Read On »

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THE PASSAGE: Creator Liz Heldens on Season 1 and THE ORVILLE Season 2 – Exclusive Interview

McKinley Belcher III, Brianne Howey, Jamie McShane, Saniyya Sidney, Mark-Paul Gosselaar, Caroline Chikezie, Vincent Piazza, Emmanuelle Chriqui and Henry Ian Cusick in THE PASSAGE - Season 1| ©2019 Fox/Michael Lavine

THE PASSAGE and THE ORVILLE are both genre shows on Fox Networks, but the commonality would seem to end there. THE PASSAGE, in its first season on Monday nights, is based on a trilogy of novels by Justin Cronin. In THE PASSAGE, an experiment designed to help human health has had catastrophic results, leading to a breed of vampire-like Virals. Ten-year-old Amy Bellafonte (Saniyya Sidney) is infected with the virus, but unlike the adults, she has no bloodlust, only some very special abilities. THE ORVILLE, in its second season on Thursday nights, is the creation of Seth MacFarlane, who also […]Read On »

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THE PASSAGE: Henry Ian Cusick and Jamie McShane on being frenemies on the new Fox series – Exclusive Interview

Jamie McShane in THE PASSAGE - Season 1 | ©2019 Fox/Michael Lavine

On THE PASSAGE, now in its first season Monday nights on Fox, Henry Ian Cusick and Jamie McShane play best friends turned mortal enemies. Cusick’s Dr. Jonas Lear becomes obsessed with finding a cure for Alzheimer’s when his wife Elizabeth (Jennifer Ferrin) is stricken with the disease. McShane’s Dr. Tim Fanning is fascinated with Lear’s theories, and the two travel to South America – where Fanning becomes infected with a virus that turns him into a vampire-like being with superpowers, including telepathy, and a thirst for blood. Cusick earned an Emmy nomination for his work as Desmond Hume on LOST. […]Read On »

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THE PASSAGE: Mark-Paul Gosselaar chats about new Fox virus series – Exclusive Interview

Mark-Paul Gosselaar in THE PASSAGE - Season 1 | ©2019 Fox/Michael Lavine

In Fox’s freshman Monday-night drama THE PASSAGE, a scientific project meant to cure a virus has gone very wrong in every possible way. Experiments on death-row inmates have been expanded to include a child, Amy Bellafonte (Saniyya Sidney). Mark-Paul Gosselaar plays Brad Wolgast, a soldier tasked with bringing Amy to the secret scientific base. Wolgast rebels and has become Amy’s protector, trying to get her away from the project and the experimental subjects, who have essentially become telepathic vampires. Wolgast doesn’t let Amy’s new connection to the bloodthirsty “Virals” scare him off. Gosselaar has been acting for most of his […]Read On »

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THE PASSAGE: Saniyya Sidney discusses new Fox genre series – Exclusive Interview

Saniyya Sidney in THE PASSAGE - Season 1 | ©2019 Fox/Michael Lavine

In Fox’s Monday-night drama THE PASSAGE, Saniyya Sidney stars as ten-year-old Amy Bellafonte. Adapted from Justin Cronin’s trilogy of novels, THE PASSAGE explores what happens when an intended vaccine for a worldwide flu pandemic winds up turning human experimental subjects into telepathic “virals” (because most of the characters can’t bring themselves to say the word “vampire”). With no family, and because children seem to weather the vaccine better than adults, Amy is brought in as a test subject. After being given the vaccine, she develops abilities, but she is not like the other virals. Sidney began her onscreen career as […]Read On »

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THE PASSAGE: Executive Producer Jason Ensler and actor Caroline Chikezie on new horror series – Exclusive Interview

THE PASSAGE - Season 1 - Key Art | ©2019 Fox

THE PASSAGE, new on Fox Monday nights, is based on a millennia-spanning trilogy of novels by Justin Cronin. When a scientific expedition to Bolivia goes disastrously wrong, one of the scientists, Dr. Tim Fanning (Jamie McShane), comes back with a virus that has the potential to wipe out humanity. Pre-teen Amy Bellafonte (Saniyya Sidney) may be the key to a cure, but at the cost of her freedom and perhaps even her life. Caroline Chikezie (pronounced chick-E-zee) plays Dr. Major Nichole Sykes, a medical and military official tasked with trying to contain the plague by any means necessary. Originally from […]Read On »

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TRUTH BE TOLD: Bresha Webb on her new NBC comedy – Exclusive Interview

Bresha Webb in TRUTH BE TOLD - Season 1 | ©2015 NBC/Joseph Culticel

In NBC’s half-hour comedy TRUTH BE TOLD, which airs two new episodes back to back on Friday, Dec. 25, two couples grapple with trying to do and say the right thing without being phony, which they sometimes find difficult. Bresha Webb plays Angie, who is married to Russell (Tone Bell). They’re black; Russell is best friends with white next-door neighbor Mitch (Mark-Paul Gosselaar), who is married to Tracy (Vanessa Lachey). Webb’s career includes both comedy and drama, with arcs on E.R., LEARNING TOWN, GREY’S ANATOMY and LOVE THAT GIRL, plus feature credits including AT THE DEVIL’S DOOR and HOLLOWS GROVE. […]Read On »

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TRUTH BE TOLD: Tone Bell on balancing comedic work – exclusive interview

Tone Bell stars as Russell on NBC's TRUTH BE TOLD | © 2015 Colleen Hayes/NBC

In NBC’s freshman half-hour comedy TRUTH BE TOLD, Fridays at 8:30 PM, Tone Bell stars as Russell, married to Angie (Bresha Webb) and best friends with next-door neighbor Mitch (Mark-Paul Gosselaar), who’s married to Tracy (Vanessa Lachey). Russell is black, Mitch is white, and a lot of their interaction revolves around what it’s okay to say privately or publicly – or ever – regarding race and other potentially provocative issues. Bell is a stand-up comic, originally from Atlanta, who has previously had series regular gigs on WHITNEY and BAD JUDGE. He has a special on Comedy Central and has just […]Read On »

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