GOD FRIENDED ME: Actor Joe Morton discusses Arthur’s motivations – interview

Joe Morton as Father Finer in GOD FRIENDED ME | © 2018 David Giesbrecht/CBS

In CBS’s freshman Sunday night comedy/drama GOD FRIENDED ME, someone claiming to be the Almighty friends New York resident Miles Finer (Brandon Micheal Hall). Miles is an atheist, so he doesn’t believe the account belongs to God, but he can’t deny that whoever it is makes some very helpful suggestions about what Miles should be doing. Miles’ belief system and the sexuality of Miles’ sister Ali (Javicia Leslie) are both challenges for their very traditional father, Reverend Arthur Finer, played by native New Yorker Joe Morton. Morton has just come off six years in his Emmy-winning role on SCANDAL as […]Read On »

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SCANDAL: Cast weighs in on the end of the series – interview

Scott Foley as Jake Ballard in SCANDAL | © 2018 ABC/Bob D'Amico

As creator Shonda Rhimes’s SCANDAL heads toward the finale of its seven-season run on Thursday nights, ABC opens up the show’s soundstages for the Winter 2018 Television Critics Association (TCA) press tour. Actors Scott Foley, Josh Malina, and Jeff Perry, who respectively play SCANDAL’s sometimes shady political operatives Jake Ballard, David Rosen, and Cyrus Beane, standing together within one of the White House sets, reflect on the end of an era. ASSIGNMENT X: How do you feel going into the last season of SCANDAL? Are you relieved, are you sad …? JEFF PERRY: I’m not relieved. I was shocked a […]Read On »

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SCANDAL: Joe Morton talks about his role in the final season – Part 2 – exclusive interview

Joe Morton as Rowan Pope in SCANDAL | © 2018 ABC/Eric McCandless

In Part 2 of our interview with Joe Morton, we go in for an exclusive conversation on how the actor feels about the end of SCANDAL, now in its seventh and final season Thursday nights on ABC. Morton recently took some time to play civil rights activist Dick Gregory in a production of TURN ME LOOSE at the Annenberg Center in Los Angeles, which may be revived elsewhere, and is in JUSTICE LEAGUE as Dr. Silas Stone. ASSIGNMENT X: So are you sad to be seeing SCANDAL wrap up, or do you feel like your character Rowan Pope has gotten […]Read On »

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COUNTERPART: Cast talks spies from different worlds – exclusive interview

Nazanin Boniadi as Clare in COUNTERPART | © 2018 Starz

Starz’s COUNTERPART, now in its first season on Sunday nights and renewed for a second, is a combination of espionage thriller and speculative fiction. In the series created by Justin Marks, reality split in two 30 years ago. At first, the two mirrored each other, but now there are significant differences. Most people don’t know about the schism, which has its connecting point in a tunnel beneath Berlin in Germany. Those who do know are involved with either keeping the peace or trying to destroy it. Nazanin Boniadi and Sara Serraiocco (pronounced “Ser-ee-O-ko] play two very different spies from the Other […]Read On »

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SCANDAL: The cast gives the scoop on the final season

Darby Stanchfield as Abby Whelan in SCANDAL | © 2018 ABC/Bob D'Amico)

In its seventh and final season, ABC’s Thursday-night Shonda Rhimes creation SCANDAL crosses over with ABC’s HOW TO GET AWAY WITH MURDER, which Rhimes executive-produces. Specifically, HOW TO GET AWAY WITH MURDER’s lawyer Annaliese Keating, played by Emmy winner Viola Davis guests on SCANDAL opposite the latter series’ leading lady, the Emmy-nominated Kerry Washington, who plays D.C. political fixer Olivia Pope. Most of the SCANDAL characters have plenty of other things to worry about, but the cast is keenly aware of and excited about Davis’ visit. Actors Guillermo Diaz (Huck), George Newbern (Charlie) and Darby Stanchfield (Abby) discuss this, how […]Read On »

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SCANDAL: Joe Morton on playing Rowan and the Final Season – Interview

Joe Morton is Rowan Pope in SCANDAL - Season 7 | ©2018 ABC/Bob D'Amico

ABC’s SCANDAL is now in its seventh and final season on Thursday nights. Shonda Rhimes created the series about Washington, D.C. fixer Olivia Pope, played by Kerry Washington in a twice-Emmy-nominated performance. Olivia’s morally flawed, superpower behind-the-scenes father Rowan Pope is played by Joe Morton, who won the 2013 Guest Actor Emmy for his work before he was made a SCANDAL regular. Morton, originally from New York, was nominated for a Tony Award for his work in the 1974 production of the musical RAISIN. He starred in the title role in filmmaker John Sayles’ cult film BROTHER FROM ANOTHER PLANET […]Read On »

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HEROES REBORN: Jack Coleman give the scoop on Season 1 – exclusive interview

Jack Coleman stars as Noah Bennett/HRG in HEROES REBORN | © 2015 Christos Kalohoridis/NBC

For four seasons, Jack Coleman played Noah Bennet, aka HRG (short for “Horn-Rimmed Glasses”) or “the man with the plan,” on NBC’s HEROES. Noah, adoptive father of the indestructible cheerleader Claire (played by Hayden Panettiere, now a regular on NASHVILLE), was an operative of a shadowy agency that co-opted people with superpowers. However, fatherly loyalty won out with Noah – usually. It was always hard to be sure of his motives, which was one of the things that made him such a memorable character. Pennsylvania native Coleman was a standout member of the large HEROES cast. His earlier career included […]Read On »

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Executive Producer Betsy Beers talks HOW TO GET AWAY WITH MURDER – Exclusive Interview

Viola Davis as Professor Annalise Keating, Billy Brown as Nate, Alfred Enoch as Wes, Jack Falahee as Conner, Katie Findlay as Rebecca, Aja Naomi King as Michaela, Matt McGorry as Asher, Karla Souza as Laurel, Charlie Weber as Frank and Liza Weil as Bonnie in HOW TO GET AWAY WITH MURDER - Season 1 | ©2014 ABC/Craig Sjodin

Shonda Rhimes effectively owns Thursdays on ABC. She’s the executive producer on all three of the network’s hour-long dramas that night – GREY’S ANATOMY at 8 PM, SCANDAL at 9 PM and freshman hit HOW TO GET AWAY WITH MURDER at 10 PM. Rhimes created the first two; MURDER was created by Peter Nowalk, who previously served as a writer/producer on GREY’S and SCANDAL. Betsy Beers is Rhimes’ partner in the ShondaLand production company and an executive producer on all three shows. She’s present at ABC’s HOW TO GET AWAY WITH MURDER for the Television Critics Association. The series stars […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: Jeff Perry on SCANDAL Season 3 and more

Jeff Perry in SCANDAL - Season 3 - "Kiss Kiss Bang Bang" | ©2013 ABC/Richard Cartwright

ABC’s SCANDAL, which has its third-season finale Thursday April 17 at 10 PM, is famous for its plot twists. Knowing series creator Shonda Rhimes, the episode will be a cliff-hanger that leaves everyone in some kind of peril. White House Chief of Staff Cyrus Beene, played by Jeff Perry, has already been through plenty this season, what with losing his husband (James Bucatinsky) to murder, losing the trust of President Grant (Tony Goldwyn) and almost losing his mind. Perry, a veteran actor from Illinois, previously played a recurring role for Rhimes on GREY’S ANATOMY and was a series regular on […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: Joe Morton on the 45TH ANNUAL IMAGE AWARDS

Joe Morton at The Paley Center for Media Presents An Evening with Syfy's EUREKA, | ©2012 Sue Schneider

On Saturday, Feb. 22, TV One will live-telecast NAACP’s 45th ANNUAL IMAGE AWARDS ceremony, honoring multi-cultural excellence in motion pictures, television, recording, literature, documentaries and writing and directing. The NAACP remains a preeminent civil rights organization, but the Image Awards have taken on something of a life of their own. One of the Image presenters will actor Joe Morton, who is also a nominee in the Television Supporting Actor in Drama for his work on ABC’s SCANDAL, now in its third season, Thursdays at 10 PM. Morton plays spymaster Rowan Pope, father of the series heroine Olivia Pope, portrayed by […]Read On »

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