Exclusive Interview: THE CHICAGO CODE doesn’t silence actor Jason Clarke

Jason Clarke in THE CHICAGO CODE | ©2011 Fox/Justin Stephens

Jason Clarke has been so good at playing conflicted Rhode Island politician Tommy Caffee on three seasons of Showtime’s crime drama BROTHERHOOD, and now Chicago-born police detective Jarek Wysocki on Fox’s THE CHICAGO CODE, which has its series finale tonight at 9 PM, that people may be surprised to learn the actor is actually Australian (this may come as less of a surprise to viewers who know Clarke as Jenek from FARSCAPE.) In a soft, lilting accent very unlike Wysocki’s tough tones, Clarke talks about his time filming CODE in Chicago, including some startling incidents that he observed while doing […]Read On »


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Interview: Neil Jordan explores THE BORGIAS historical crime saga

Jeremy Irons in THE BORGIAS - Season 1 | ©2011 Showtime

Showtime’s THE BORGIAS, airing Sunday nights at 10 PM, concerns the fifteenth-century reign of Pope Alexander VI, aka Rodrigo Borgia (Jeremy Irons), whose family name has become through the centuries a synonym for murder and treachery. The first season runs as a ten-episode miniseries and it has already been picked up for a second season. Filmmaker Neil Jordan, who has directed, written and/or produced such films as THE CRYING GAME, INTERVIEW WITH THE VAMPIRE and MICHAEL COLLINS, makes his first foray into series television as the creator of THE BORGIAS. He also serves as an executive producer, writer and some […]Read On »


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TV Review: THE BORGIAS – Season 1 – “Borgias in Love”

Francois Arnaud in THE BORGIAS - Season 1 | ©2011 Showtime/Jonathan Hession

Stars: Jeremy Irons, François Arnaud, Holliday Grainger, Colm Feore, David Oakes, Joanne Whalley Writer: Neil Jordan Director: John Maybury Network: Showtime, airs Sunday nights Original Telecast: April 24th, 2010 The last episode of THE BORGIAS that I reviewed I stated that the series was slowing down to a dreadful pace, and needed something to save it. Episode five, “Borgias in Love” seemed to quicken the pace and up the ante in the continuing various plotlines. Let’s start where we left off in episode four with Lucrezia Borgia (Holliday Granger) being married off to Giovanni Sforza (Ronan Vibert) to help secure […]Read On »


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TV Review: THE BORGIAS – Season 1 – “Lucrezia’s Wedding”

Holliday Grainger in THE BORGIAS - Season 1 | ©2011 Showtime/Jonathan Hession

Stars: Jeremy Irons, François Arnaud, Holliday Grainger, Colm Feore, David Oakes, Derek Jacobi, Joanne Whalley Writer: Neil Jordan Director: Simon Cellan Jones Network: Showtime, airs Sunday nights Original Telecast: April 17th, 2010 THE BORGIAS has officially slowed down to an agonizing pace. The rest of the season will determine whether or not I decide to watch the second season (if there is a second season). I am sad to say this has become a show that I find myself needing busy work to putter with so I can kind of stay focused, otherwise the urge to get up and wander […]Read On »


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TV Review: THE BORGIAS – Season 1 – “The Moor”

Lotte Verbeek and Jeremy Irons in THE BORGIAS - Season 1 -"The Moor" | ©2011 Showtime/Jonathan Hession

Stars: Jeremy Irons, François Arnaud, Holliday Grainger, Colm Feore, David Oakes, Derek Jacobi, Joanne Whalley Writer: Neil Jordan Director: Simon Cellan Jones Network: Showtime, airs Sunday nights Original Telecast: April 10th, 2010 THE BORGIAS got off to such a promising start with the two hour premiere on Showtime, that I was a little bit concerned where the series would go from there. So much history involving the world’s “first” crime family still has to be covered, but it just depends on how writer Neil Jordan decides to tackle it. The third episode, “The Moor” still adds more pieces to the […]Read On »


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TV Review: THE BORGIAS – Season 1 – “The Poisoned Chalice” / “The Assassin” – Series Premiere

THE BORGIAS poster | ©2011 Showtime

Stars: Jeremy Irons, François Arnaud, Holliday Grainger, Colm Feore, David Oakes, Derek Jacobi, Joanne Whalley Writer: Neil Jordan Director: Neil Jordan Network: Showtime, airs Sunday nights Original Telecast: April 3rd, 2010 Just because a series is a period drama doesn’t mean that it’s an instant win with me. I’ve supported a lot of different period shows over the last several years such as, DEADWOOD, ROME, SPARTACUS, and more recently CAMELOT. Now Showtime is bringing us the story of THE BORGIAS, one of the first ‘crime’ families known in history. THE BORGIAS is something akin to THE TUDORS, in the fact […]Read On »


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Profile: THE BORGIAS star Jeremy Irons gets religious for the new Showtime series

Jeremy Irons in THE BORGIAS - Season 1 | ©2011 Showtime/Mark Seliger

He is known to all to be one of the most gifted and natural actors of our time. Jeremy Irons proves that statement again to be true in the new Showtime series THE BORGIAS premiering tonight. He effortlessly portrays Rodrigo Borgia, the man who ultimately becomes Pope Alexander VI. Showtime’s tagline “The Original Crime Family” suggests a hope that Irons can do for THE BORGIAS what James Gandolfini did for THE SOPRANOS. Here’s what the 62 year old actor had to say as he takes five about his latest project. TAKE 1 On his character Rodrigo Borgia’s religious convictions… “I […]Read On »


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Interview: John Wells gets SHAMELESS when it comes to projects – Part 1

SHAMELESS poster - Season 1 | ©2011 Showtime

Showtime’s new series SHAMELESS, adapted from the long-running British comedy of the same name by the original series creator Paul Abbott, presents us with the dysfunctional Gallagher family. Frank, the patriarch of the large brood played by William H. Macy, is openly alcoholic and not very parental, leaving it to eldest daughter Fiona (Emmy Rossum) to tend to the younger siblings, who include manipulative Lip (Jeremy Allen White), gay Ian (Cameron Monaghan), budding thief Debbie (Emmy Kenney), antisocial Carl (Ethan Cutkosky) and toddler Liam (Blake Alexander Johnson and Brennan Kane Johnson). Meanwhile, over on TNT, the gritty L.A. police drama […]Read On »


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TCA 2011: Showtime says DEXTER has life beyond Season 6

Michael C. Hall in DEXTER - Season 5 - "My Bad" | ©2010 Showtime

While speaking at today’s CBS Winter TCA press day in Pasadena, CA, newly appointed Showtime Entertainment President David Nevins acknowledged that he hopes DEXTER has a long life on Showtime. “I think there’s a lot of life left in DEXTER,” he admits. “DEXTER was up 11 percent in its 5th season which defies the usual ratings decline. The audience is still coming to it, and it’s not a plot driven show. It’s fundamentally a character driven show. A lot of what the show is tracking is the evolution and the maturation of Dexter. He’s barely an adolescent in the way […]Read On »


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Preview: Matt LeBlanc returns to series TV with Showtime’s EPISODES

With his new Showtime series EPISODES set to premiere January 9, former FRIENDS and JOEY star Matt LeBlanc explains why it took so long for him to return to series television and he admits it wasn’t because the offers weren’t coming in. “There was a few network shows that came and went that crossed my desk and I said ‘no’ to them,” says LeBlanc. “Working twelve years every day was a lot. I wanted to take some time off and spend time with my daughter and take some time with my daughter.” EPISODES follows LeBlanc playing a semi-fictional version of […]Read On »


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