SCORPION: Elyes Gabel and Ari Stidham on Season 3 – Exclusive Interview Part 2

The cast of SCORPION on CBS | © 2016 Robert Voets/CBS

In Part 2 of Assignment X’s exclusive interview with SCORPION stars Elyes Gabel, who plays Walter O’Brien, and Ari Stidham, who plays Sylvester “Sly” Dodd, the two actors talk about stunts, fake bats and more in the CBS series, which airs Monday nights and returns for its fourth season in the fall. ASSIGNMENT X: Stunt-wise, what are some of the things they’ve allowed you to do that you’ve enjoyed the most? ELYES GABEL: Yeah, there are so many, through each single episode. We did a lot of wall work again, there are some things that I didn’t enjoy doing, but […]Read On »

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SCORPION: Elyes Gabel and Ari Stidham on Season 3 – Exclusive Interview Part 1

SCORPION is a series where a group of nerd math adults help to solve threats to the country | © 2014 CBS

SCORPION, a Nielsen Top 20 show, wraps up its third season Monday night on CBS and has been renewed for a fourth season. The series, developed by Nick Santora, concerns a team of geniuses headed up by Elyes Gabel’s Walter O’Brien, who are brilliant at solving problems that would stump MacGyver. However, the members of Team Scorpion are so socially awkward that they need former waitress Paige Dineen, played by Katharine McPhee, to help them interact with the outside world. Cabe Gallo (Robert Patrick) is their liaison to Homeland Security. Sylvester “Sly” Dodd, played by Ari Stidham, is one of […]Read On »

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SCORPION: Eddie Kaye Thomas talks Toby in Season 3 – exclusive interview

Eddie Kaye Thomas in SCORPION - Season 1 - "Going South" | ©2015 CBS Broadcasting, Inc/Sonja Flemming

In SCORPION, now in its third season Monday nights on CBS, Eddie Kaye Thomas plays Dr. Toby Curtis. Toby is the expert in psychology among the team of unruly geniuses headed by Walter O’Brien (played by Elyes Gabel). Even with his insights into others, Toby has his own issues. He has been battling a gambling addiction and is now engaged to fellow Scorpion member and engineering whiz Happy Quinn (Jadyn Wong), who had previously married Walter so that Walter could get a green card. Happy had thought she was pregnant; she and Toby were disappointed to learn that she was […]Read On »

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SCORPION: Show runner Nicholas Wootton talks Season 3 – exclusive interview

Robert Patrick stars as Cabe Gallo on the CBS show SCORPION | © 2015 Sonja Flemming/CBS

SCORPION is now in its third season on CBS on Monday nights. Everybody on the team of geniuses headed up by Walter O’Brien (Elyes Gabel) is having ups and downs. If Walter can ever get out of his own way, he may yet win over single mom Paige (Katharine McPhee), whose young son Ralph (Riley B. Smith) has his own super-high IQ. Paige is having issues now that her con artist mother (Lea Thompson) has reappeared in her life. Sylvester Dodd (Ari Stidham) is still mourning the loss of his wife, Walter’s sister Megan. Toby (Eddie Kaye Thomas) has re-proposed […]Read On »

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SCORPION: Nicholas Wootton on his favorite moments – exclusive interview

Elyes Gabel as Walter O'Brien on CBS' SCORPION | © 2016 Neil Jacobs/CBS

CBS’ SCORPION, in its second season Mondays at 9, has been renewed for a third series. The series deals with a team of geniuses, headed up by Elyes Gabel’s Walter O’Brien (based on the real person, who founded the real Scorpion consulting company), who help both the government and private clients solve cases that requires special skills. Nicholas Wootton, one of SCORPION’s executive producers who serves as show runner alongside series creator Nick Santora, tells us what he’s enjoyed so far and what may come up next. AX: What surprised you and what pleased you most about first season? NICHOLAS […]Read On »

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SCORPION: Nick Santora discusses Season 2 – exclusive interview

Nick Santora creator and show runner of SCORPION | © 2016 Monty Brinton/CBS

SCORPION, in its second season on CBS Mondays at 9 PM, has been renewed for a third year. Based loosely on real-life genius Walter O’Brien and his Scorpion consulting company, the action-adventure/comedy/thriller/drama stars Elyes Gabel as team leader Walter, Eddie Kaye Thomas as psychologically astute Toby Curtis, Jadyn Wong as mechanical expert Happy Quinn, Ari Stidman as fearful statistics whiz Sylvester Dodd and Katharine McPhee as the relatively normal Paige Dineen, who helps everyone else deal with the rest of the world as her brilliant young son Ralph (Riley B. Smith) flourishes in the high-IQ environment. Robert Patrick plays Cabe […]Read On »

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SCORPION: Ari Stidham on Sylvester’s character development – exclusive interview

Ari Stidham stars as Sylvester in SCORPION | © 2016 Monty Brinton/CBS

In SCORPION, CBS’ quasi-fact-based series about a team of crime-solving geniuses, now in its second season Mondays at 9, Ari Stidham plays Sylvester Dodd. Sylvester is a statistics whiz who is passionate about comic books and afraid of heights, depths, germs and any other sort of danger. Team Scorpion’s adventures, with leader Walter O’Brien (Elyes Gabel) and Federal liaison Cabe Gallo (Robert Patrick), get Sylvester out of his comfort zone on a regular basis. This season, some of Sylvester’s more notable achievements have included impersonating a serial killer in prison, appearing on THE PRICE IS RIGHT and marrying the love […]Read On »

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LIMITLESS: Executive producer Alex Kurtzman the CBS series, SLEEPY HOLLOW and Universal’s MONSTER UNIVERSE – Interview

Jake McDorman as Brian Finch n LIMITLESS - Season 1 | © 2015 CBS/John Paul Filo

In the 2011 film LIMITLESS, Bradley Cooper played Eddie Morra, an ordinary man who gained extraordinary mental acuity, thanks to NZT, a (fictional) neuro-enhancement drug that lets the human brain access one hundred percent of its power. In the new CBS series LIMITLESS, Tuesdays at 10 PM, Eddie – still played in a recurring role by Cooper, who is one of the series’ executive producers – is now a senator, who is guiding Jake McDorman’s character Brian Lynch, who is enabled by NZT to help the FBI solve crimes. Alex Kurtzman (of FRINGE, TRANSFORMERS and the new STAR TREK films) […]Read On »

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BACKSTROM: Director Kevin Hooks talks new Fox procedural – Interview

Rainn Wilson as Detective Everett Backstrom (R) and Dennis Haysbert as Detective Sergeant John Almon in BACKSTROM - Season 1 | ©2015 Fox/Frank Ockenfels

On Fox’s BACKSTROM, Thursdays at 9 PM, Rainn Wilson plays the title character, a brilliant but world-hating Portland, Oregon police detective. Executive producer Hart Hanson developed the show from a series of novels by Swedish writer Leif G.W. Persson. Kevin Hooks, another of BACKSTROM’s executive producers, directed the pilot and helps set the tone with the directors of subsequent episodes. Hooks, a native of Philadelphia, began his career as a child actor in the title role of the 1969 telefilm J.T. His first directorial work was on the TV series ST. ELSEWHERE in 1983 and he’s since worked on a […]Read On »

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SCORPION: Actors Eddie Kaye Thomas and Ari Stidham talks Season 1 – Exclusive Interview

Ari Stidham as Sylvester Dodd in SCORPION - Season 1 - "Going South" | ©2015 CBS Broadcasting, Inc/Sonja Flemming

CBS’ SCORPION, now in its first season Mondays at 9 PM and renewed for a second, is based on the life and work of Walter O’Brien. The real Walter O’Brien, who is one of SCORPION’s executive producers, really does have a sky-high IQ, really does recruit fellow geniuses to work for his Scorpion Computer Services company and really does help the less socially skilled ones to become better at interacting with their fellow humans. On the series SCORPION, created by Nick Santora, Walter, played by Elyes Gabel, and his now-still-small group of associates work on all sorts of cases that […]Read On »

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