KATY KEENE: Actor Zane Holtz on the new Archie Comics TV adaptation – Exclusive Interview

Zane Holtz as KO Kelly in KATY KEENE - Season 1 | ©2019 The CW/JSquared Photography

KATY KEENE, which premieres on The CW Thursday, February 6, is a spinoff of RIVERDALE, a fellow adaptation of an Archie Comics property. Set in New York City, KATY KEENE follows its aspiring fashion designer title character (Lucy Hale), her good friend, fresh from Riverdale, aspiring singer Josie McCoy (Ashleigh Murray), their roommate, aspiring Broadway performer Jorge (Jonny Beauchamp) and his drag persona Ginger, plus all those in their orbit. The show is not only upbeat, but has musical numbers. Katy Keene’s boyfriend is K.O. Kelly, an up-and-coming boxer who (as we see in the premiere) is willing to sacrifice […]Read On »

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NANCY DREW: Tunji Kasim talks playing a mechanic, murder suspect and boyfriend – Exclusive Interview

Tunji Kasim as Nick in NANCY DREW - Season 1 | ©2019 The CW/Miller Mobley

NANCY DREW, The CW’s freshman Wednesday-night series based on the long-lived small-town mystery novels, is set in Horseshoe Bay, Maine. Sleuth Nancy (Kennedy McCann) has just returned to town after some time away. Tunji Kasim plays Nancy’s boyfriend, mechanic Ned “Nick” Nickerson, who has moved to Horseshoe Bay from Florida. But when Kasim talks in real life, he sounds less like someone from the Sunshine State than like OUTLANDER’s Jamie Fraser. “I’m Scottish,” Kasim explains, “Scottish and Nigerian.” Kasim was seen earlier this year in the feature films THE GOOD LIAR, opposite Helen Mirren and Ian McKellen, and THE KILL […]Read On »

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RIVERDALE: Skeet Ulrich on Season 4 and playing Jughead’s dad – Exclusive Interview

Skeet Ulrich as FP Jones in RIVERDALE - Season 2 | © 2017 The CW Network/ J Squared

Adapted by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa from the venerable ARCHIE Comics, RIVERDALE is now in its fourth season Wednesday nights on The CW.  This season devoted its opening episode to memorializing the character of Fred Andrews, Archie’s father, who had been played by Luke Perry. Perry died unexpectedly on March 19 of this year. He was mourned by his colleagues, who used the episode to honor Perry. Unlike the wholesome characters of the comics, Archie (K.J. Apa) and his friends in the picturesque town of Riverdale are constantly solving murders, hooking up, and fending off gangs, cults and corruption. The scene is […]Read On »

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PEARSON: Eli Goree chats about the new SUITS spin-off – Exclusive Interview

Eli Goree is Derrick Mayes in PEARSON - Season 1 | ©2019 USA/Richie Knapp

In USA’s freshman Wednesday-night series PEARSON, spun off from the network’s long-running SUITS, Gina Torres reprises her role as Jessica Pearson. No longer a New York City lawyer, Pearson has moved back to her home town of Chicago to become a fixer for the mayor’s office. Here, Pearson encounters mayoral aide Derrick Mayes, played by Eli Goree. Derrick is an idealist, who is eager to assist Pearson in breaking rules, so long as he thinks it’s for a good cause. Goree [pronounced Gore-AY], originally from Canada, has had a strong few years as an actor, with recurring roles on BALLERS, […]Read On »

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RIVERDALE: Mädchen Amick gives the scoop on Season 3 and that TWIN PEAKS revival ending – Exclusive Interview

Mädchen Amick as Alice Cooper in RIVERDALE - Season 2 | ©2018 The CW/Marc Hom

In Season 3 of the ARCHIE comics-based RIVERDALE, Wednesday nights on The CW, the seemingly idyllic small town continues to rival Twin Peaks if not Castle Rock in its dark secrets. Among the new developments, Mädchen Amick’s character Alice Cooper, mother of Betty (Lili Reinhart), Polly (Tiera Skovbye), and the late (or not) Chic (Hart Denton), appears to be coming under the spell of a cult. Amick, who played Shelly Briggs in both the original and revival series of Twin Peaks, also starred in Witches of East End, Freddie, the reboot of Fantasy Island and the horror feature Sleepwalkers, talks […]Read On »

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RIVERDALE: Mädchen Amick on the new ARCHIE series – Exclusive Interview

Madchen Amick in RIVERDALE - Season 1 | ©2017 The CW/Art Streiber

RIVERDALE, in its freshman season on the CW Thursday nights, has been adapted from the famous ARCHIE comics by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa. Executive-produced by Greg Berlanti (who is also behind The CW’s DC superhero universe shows), RIVERDALE is a lot darker than its source material. Archie Andrews (played by K.J. Apa), Betty Cooper (Lili Reinhart), Veronica Lodge (Camila Mendes), Jughead Jones (Cole Sprouse) and their high school classmates live in a world of secrets, lies, blackmail and murder. Mädchen Amick, who plays Betty’s mom Alice, knows something about playing characters who live in just that kind of small town – she […]Read On »

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DORKING OUT – Episode 32: The Anti-heroes of Riverdale Edition

Dorking Out Show | © 2016 Chris Smith/Sonia Mansfield

In this week’s podcast, we talk about anti-heroes. Are there too many anti-heroes on TV? What started as a really exciting storytelling idea has become the yawn-inducing standard. We talk about what Chris has labeled “Toxic Heisenberg Syndrome” and share our favorite TV anti-heroes. And speaking of anti-heroes, in our second segment, we review The CW’s radical reimagining of the wholesome Archie comics, RIVERDALE, and NBC’s grim take of THE WIZARD OF OZ, EMERALD CITY with entertainment journalist Abbie Bernstein, author of “The Art of Mad Max: Fury Road,” “The Art Of The Great Wall,” which is coming out in February. In […]Read On »

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