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 ORVILLE: Actors Mark Jackson and J. Lee chat chartering space with Seth MacFarlane – Exclusive Interview

Mark Jackson is Isaac on THE ORVILLE - Season 1 | ©2017 Fox Broadcasting Co. /Noah Schutz

THE ORVILLE is now boldly orbiting Thursday nights on Fox Network in its second season. Created by Seth MacFarlane (who also executive produces and stars as Captain Ed Mercer), THE ORVILLE chronicles the adventures of the title spaceship and her interspecies crew. Two of THE ORVILLE’s cast are hanging out together, as their characters sometimes do. Mark Jackson plays Isaac, an artificial life form from another world, and J. Lee portrays John LaMarr, one of the ship’s pilots. Lee, originally from St. Louis, Missouri, has done voice acting on some of MacFarlane’s animated series, including FAMILY GUY, AMERICAN DAD, and […]Read On »

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THE ORVILLE: Scott Grimes beams up for Season 1 of new space trek – Exclusive Interview

Seth MacFarlane and Scott Grimes in THE ORVILLE - Season 1 |©2017 Fox/Noah Schutz

In Fox Network’s Thursday-night space dramedy THE ORVILLE, Scott Grimes plays helmsman Lt. Gordon Malloy aboard the title vessel, steering it through galactic adventures. Massachusetts native Grimes had previously worked with THE ORVILLE’s creator/star Seth MacFarlane, voicing multiple characters on MacFarlane’s FAMILY GUY and AMERICAN DAD. Grimes has also been a series regular on PARTY OF FIVE and E.R., had a major role in the miniseries BAND OF BROTHERS and starred in the cult favorite horror comedies CRITTERS and CRITTERS 2. ASSIGNMENT X: Were you a big genre guy before becoming involved in THE ORVILLE? SCOTT GRIMES: STAR TREK – […]Read On »

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THE ORVILLE: Actress Penny Johnson Jerald plays doctor in space – Exclusive Interview

Penny Johnson Jerald in THE ORVILLE - Season 1 - "Firestorm" | ©2017 Fox Broadcasting Co./Noah Schutz/FOX

In Fox Network’s new Thursday-night series THE ORVILLE, which has already been picked up for a second season, we’re on the title spaceship in the future. Captained by Ed Mercer – played by series creator Seth MacFarlane – the Orville is commissioned as a fairly ordinary transport ship, but the galaxy being what it is, there are a lot of adventures. Some of the Orville’s crew are humans and some are aliens. The ship’s chief physician, human Dr. Claire Finn, is extremely capable of treating them all. Claire is played by Penny Johnson Jerald, who has experience playing people in […]Read On »

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BLUNT TALK actors Timm Sharp and Dolly Wells on new Starz series – Exclusive Interview

BLUNT TALK - Season 1 | © 2015 Starz

BLUNT TALK, Starz’s new half-hour comedy Saturdays at 9 PM, concerns a news program anchored by Walter Blunt. Patrick Stewart stars as Walter, who has a lot of idiosyncrasies and issues. Then again, so do all of his colleagues, including his senior producers, Celia, played by Dolly Wells, and Jim, portrayed by Timm Sharp. Wells recently was seen in the second season of DOLL AND EM, the HBO comedy she co-created, produced and starred in with best friend Emily Mortimer; the English actress has previously been a regular in STAR STORIES, CAMPUS, SPY and SOME GIRLS and is in the […]Read On »

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BLUNT TALK: The scoop on Season 1 – exclusive interview

Patrick Stewart stars as Walter Blunt in the Starz series BLUNT TALK | © 2015 Starz/Justina Mintz

In Starz’s new Saturday-night half-hour comedy BLUNT TALK, premiering August 22 at 9 PM, Patrick Stewart stars as news host Walter Blunt. Walter wants to use his show to help the American people, but he needs a lot of help himself. For one thing, Walter keeps winding up on the news – for example, a tryst with a young lady in his car winds up with Walter hitting a police officer. Walter relies hugely on his loyal staff – especially manservant Harry (Adrian Scarborough) and producer/manager Rosalie (Jacki Weaver). Jonathan Ames, who previously created BORED TO DEATH for HBO, is […]Read On »

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Interview: A MILLION WAYS TO DIE IN THE WEST composer Joel McNeely tames the Old West

A MILLION WAYS TO DIE IN THE WEST soundtrack | ©2014 Backlot Music

When Wisconsin-born composer Joel McNeely went from a land of good old fashioned American purity to the far more ornery streets of Los Angeles, his innate melodic talent arrived just at a late 80s time when newfangled synths and rock music were taking their place as underscore – putting any number of old studio composers out to pasture as they tried to adapt to the changing sound of Hollywood – or saw their legendary careers bite the bullet. Yet McNeely was a greenhorn with the symphonic chops to more than match his elders, with a particular talent for a golden, […]Read On »

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Movie Review: A MILLION WAYS TO DIE IN THE WEST

A MILLION WAYS TO DIE IN THE WEST movie poster | ©2014 Universal Pictures

Rating: R Stars: Seth MacFarlane, Charlize Theron, Amanda Seyfried, Liam Neeson, Giovanni Ribisi, Neil Patrick Harris, Sarah Silverman Writers: Seth MacFarlane & Alec Sulkin & Wellesley Wild Director: Seth MacFarlane Distributor: Universal Release Date: May 30, 2014 There are moments of laugh-out-loud brilliance in A MILLION WAYS TO DIE IN THE WEST, writer/producer/director/star Seth MacFarlane’s send-up of classic Westerns. There are also plenty of just generally funny things. And then there are things that will make at least some people go, “I’m not with you on this one.” It’s 1882 in the Territories, a scrubby stretch of the Old West […]Read On »

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TV Review: DADS – Season 1 – “Pilot” – Series Premiere

Martin Mull, Giovanni Ribisi, Seth Green and Peter Riegert in DADS - Season 1 | ©2013 Fox

Stars: Seth Green, Giovanni Ribisi, Martin Mull, Peter Riegert Writers: Alec Sulkin & Wellesley Wild, created by Alec Sulkin & Wellesley Wild Director: Marc Cendrowski Network: Fox, Tuesdays at 8 PM Original Airdate: September 17, 2013 DADS is a comedy about, among other things, two longtime best pals, Eli (Seth Green) and Warner (Giovanni Ribisi), now business partners in an extremely lucrative videogame company, who wind up having their fathers David (Peter Riegert) and Crawford (Martin Mull) move in with them. Warner is married and thinks his father is like a clumsy but well-intentioned golden retriever; Eli is single and […]Read On »

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CD Review: TED soundtrack

TED soundtrack | ©2012 Universal Pictures

Nothing represents cuddly innocence like a child’s teddy bear, an image that brings to ear the honeyed sounds of orchestral happiness. And playing just that is the key to what might be the most brilliantly subversive talking “animal” score of all time, given the beautifully lush stylings of Seth MacFarlane’s pet composer Walter Murphy. In TED, he makes his master’s crude humor all the more hilarious, and emotionally affecting, as if this music was actually accompanying the real, non pot-smoking, slut-screwing deal. As a vet TV composer with such credits as WISEGUY, BUFFY and PROFIT, Murphy’s most prolific, and popular […]Read On »

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