Interview: PENNY DREADFUL creator John Logan on his new horror series

Harry Treadaway in PENNY DREADFUL - Season 1 | ©2014 Showtime

Put together Victorian England in 1891, add an expatriate American sharpshooter (Josh Hartnett) attached to a traveling Wild West show, an ambitious spiritualist (Eva Green), a monster hunter (Timothy Dalton) and Dracula, Dr. Frankenstein, Dorian Gray and assorted other supernatural entities, make it very scary and sexy, and you’ve got Showtime’s PENNY DREADFUL, which premieres its eight-episode first season Sunday, May 11 at 10 PM. PENNY DREADFUL is the first television series created by the prolific John Logan, who won a Tony Award for his stage play RED. His screenplays for GLADIATOR, THE AVIATOR and HUGO were nominated for Oscars; […]Read On »

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CALIFORNICATION star David Duchovny gives the scoop on Season 7

David Duchovny as Hank Moody in Californication on Showtime | © 2014 Showtime

Showtime’s CALIFORNICATION, created by Tom Kapinos and starring David Duchovny as very conflicted and sometimes debauched writer Hank Moody, begins its seventh and final season Sunday, April 13, at 9:30 PM. It’s recently been announced that Duchovny is set to star as a police detective in NBC’s thirteen-episode series AQUARIUS, about Charles Manson. Duchovny is at a party thrown by CBS, Showtime and the CW for the Television Critics Association, where he talks a little about Hank’s big sendoff. AX: Where do we find Hank at the start of Season 7? DAVID DUCHOVNY: He’s got to get a job this […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: Beau Bridges talks THE MILLERS Season 1

Beau Bridges in THE MILLERS - Season 1 | ©2014 Cliff Lipson/CBS

In CBS’ half-hour comedy THE MILLERS, Thursdays at 8:30 PM and renewed for a second season, Beau Bridges and Margo Martindale star as, respectively, Tom and Carol Miller, a long-married couple whose visit to their adult children inspires them to separate. Carol moves in with son Nathan (Will Arnett), while Tom takes up residence with daughter Debbie (Jayma Mays), her husband Adam (Nelson Franklin) and their offspring Mikayla (Eve Moon). Both senior Millers face a brave new world as newly-single people. Bridges has been acting since he was a little boy – he appeared in his first feature film, 1948’s […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: A Pirate’s life for BLACK SAILS star Mark Ryan – Pt. 2

Mark Ryan (Gates) in BLACK SAILS - Season 1 | ©2014 Starz

In Starz’s eighteenth-century pirate drama BLACK SAILS, Saturdays at 9 PM, Mark Ryan plays Mr. Gates, quartermaster of The Walrus and right-hand man to Captain Flint (Toby Stephens). In Part 2 of our interview with Ryan, whose credits include the Merry Man Nasir in ROBIN OF SHERWOOD, he talks about laughing between takes, nudity and the All-Seeing Eye. ASSIGNMENT X: Had you worked with any of the other BLACK SAILS actors before? MARK RYAN: No, I hadn’t worked with anybody before. It’s kind of interesting, because many years ago, I was visiting Bob Anderson on the set of a James […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: Teddy Sears on MASTERS OF SEX Season 1

Teddy Sears in MASTERS OF SEX - Season 1 | ©2013 Showtime/Michael Desmond

Life has gotten very complicated for everyone in Showtime’s MASTERS OF SEX, Sundays at 10 PM. The drama, which has its first-season finale December 15 and has already been renewed for a second season, chronicles both the research and personal lives of Dr. William Masters (Michael Sheen) and Virginia Johnson (Lizzy Caplan) as they investigate human sexuality in the 1950s, when their quest was truly revolutionary. Teddy Sears plays Dr. Austin Langham, who as part of the Masters and Johnson study allows himself to be wired up to a graph and observed while having sex, although outside the study, he’s […]Read On »

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Interview: Creator Michelle Ashford drives MASTERS OF SEX

MASTERS OF SEX executive producers Michelle Ashford and Sarah Timberman | ©2013 Showtime/Michael Desmond

Showtime’s MASTERS OF SEX, Sundays at 10 PM, has already been renewed for a second season. The series, which begins in the 1950s when the main characters meet, charts the working and personal relationships of real-life sex researchers William Masters, played by Michael Sheen, and Virginia Johnson, portrayed by Lizzy Caplan. Executive producer/show runner Michelle Ashford, whose other writing credits include THE PACIFIC and JOHN ADAMS, created MASTERS OF SEX based on Thomas Maier’s nonfiction book. At a Showtime-sponsored event for the Television Critics Association, Ashford talks about mastering this unusual subject matter. ASSIGNMENT X: How much, if at all, […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: Rupert Friend chats HOMELAND Season Three

Rupert Friend in HOMELAND - Season 3 | ©2013 Showtime/Frank Ockenfels 3

In the universe of HOMELAND, now in its third season on Showtime, Sundays at 9 PM, almost everyone has a secret agenda. We still don’t know whether this is true of CIA assassin Peter Quinn, played by Rupert Friend. What we do know is that Quinn is willing to go against orders when he believes they’re wrong, willing to threaten a superior who he believe is acting from pride rather than national protection, and that he’s willing to shoot to wound friend Carrie Mathison (Claire Danes) when he thinks she’s jeopardizing a mission. Friend, born in Oxfordshire, England, earned an […]Read On »

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Interview: Damian Lewis examines HOMELAND Season 3

Damian Lewis in HOMELAND - Season 3 | ©2013 Showtime/Kent Smith

British actor Damian Lewis won an Emmy for his first season as prisoner-of-war-turned-terrorist/Congressional candidate Nicholas Brody in Showtime’s CIA thriller HOMELAND, which airs Sundays at 9 PM. Lewis was nominated again for his second year on HOMELAND, when Congressman Brody is proved to be a terrorist by CIA agent Carrie Mathison (Claire Danes, who won Emmys for both seasons), then is turned into a double agent by the CIA, then resumes his affair with the very conflicted Carrie, then is apparently framed for blowing up the CIA and ends the second season on the run. Now it’s Season 3. Carrie […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: THE ORIGINALS star Charles Michael Davis talks about Marcel

Charles Michael Davis in THE ORIGINALS - Season 1 | ©2013 The CW/Mathieu Young

In the new vampire show THE ORIGINALS, a spin-off from THE VAMPIRE DIAIRES, Charles Michael Davis stars as Marcel, a vampire sired by Klaus Mikaelson (Joseph Morgan), one of the original vampires, hence the name In the first episode, “Always and Forever”, it opens where Klaus returns to New Orleans, a city that was built by Klaus and his family, but Marcel is now the King of the Quarter after the Mikaelson’s had to leave the city so their father wouldn’t find them. Sitting down with Charles at the CBS/CW/Showtime TCA Party in August to talk about his character and […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: Michael Sheen on the joys of MASTERS OF SEX

Michael Sheen in MASTERS OF SEX | ©2013 Showtime/Michael Desmond

William Masters and Virginia Johnson are now known as two pioneers of research into human sexuality. In 2013, such research is considered normal, but when the duo met up in 1957 and began their study – at that time, Johnson was Masters’ research assistant – it bordered on the unthinkable. Showtime’s MASTERS OF SEX, Sundays at 10 PM, developed by Michelle Ashford based on Thomas Maier’s nonfiction book, chronicles the beginnings of the complex relationship between Masters and Johnson, as well as how they went about their research and what they learned. Michael Sheen plays Masters and Lizzy Caplan plays […]Read On »

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