THE COMEY RULE – Writer-director Billy Ray and cast discuss new Showtime political miniseries – Interview – Part 2

Jeff Daniels as FBI Director, James Comey in THE COMEY RULE | ©2020 CBS Television Studios/SHOWTIME/Ben Mark Holzberg

In Part 2 of our coverage of the Showtime miniseries THE COMEY RULE, premiering in two parts, Sunday, September 27, and Monday, September 28, we hear more from writer/director Billy Ray and actors Jeff Daniels (who plays former FBI Director James Comey), Michael Kelly (who plays FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe), Jennifer Ehle (who plays Comey’s wife Patrice), Oona Chaplin (who plays FBI lawyer Lisa Page), and Steven Pasquale (as FBI agent Peter Strzok). Ray gives his reason for making the miniseries. “I felt that the Russians had had a profound and unhappy effect on our political process in 2016, […]Read On »

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THE COMEY RULE – Writer-director Billy Ray and cast discuss new mini-series – Interview – Part 1

THE COMEY RULE Key Art | ©2020 CBS Television Studios/SHOWTIME/Ben Mark Holzberg

THE COMEY RULE is a two-part miniseries premiering on Showtime on Sunday, September 27, and Monday, September 28. Based on former FBI Director James Comey’s nonfiction memoir A HIGHER LOYALTY, the project is adapted for television and directed by Billy Ray. Jeff Daniels plays Comey, who goes from being appointed as head of the FBI by then-President Obama (Kingsley Ben-Adir), to dealing with the complexities of presidential candidate Hillary Clinton’s use of unauthorized email servers, to the unorthodox expectations and demands of President-Elect Donald J. Trump (Brendan Gleeson), to the realization that there was collusion between Russian operatives and the […]Read On »

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DOUBT: Actor Steven Pasquale talks the new CBS crime series – exclusive interview

Steven Pasquale and Katherine Heigl in DOUBT | © 2017 CBS

In CBS’ new Wednesday-night drama DOUBT, Steven Pasquale stars as Dr. Billy Conway. A hero in the hospital, Billy stands accused of a twenty-six-year-old murder. His lawyer, Sadie Ellis, played by Katherine Heigl, is convinced of Billy’s innocence. Despite warnings from friends and associates, and the legal implications, counselor and client fall hard for each other. Pasquale previously played Mark Fuhrman in the Emmy-winning THE PEOPLE V. O.J. SIMPSON, starred as the Jekyll/Hyde-like protagonist in DO NO HARM and was a regular on RESCUE ME. Additionally, the actor from Pennsylvania has an extensive stage career, including the original Broadway productions […]Read On »

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TV Review: DO NO HARM – Season 1 – “Pilot” – Series Premiere

Steven Pasquale in DO NO HARM | ©2013 NBC/Matthias Clamer

Stars: Steven Pasquale, Alana De La Garza, Michael Esper, Ruta Gedmintas, Phylicia Rashad, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Samm Levine, John Carroll Lynch Writer: David Schulner, series created by David Schulner Director: Michael Mayer Network: NBC, Thursdays @ 10 PM Airdate: January 31, 2013 Four and a half years after the schizophrenic spy drama MY OWN WORST ENEMY came and went, NBC is trying another split personality story with DO NO HARM. This one is closer to DR. JEKYLL AND MR. HYDE (considered the wellspring of the genre), as the good side, Jason Cole (Steven Pasquale), really is a doctor and the bad […]Read On »

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TV Review: COMA Miniseries – Part 2

Lauren Ambrose in COMA | ©2012 A&E

Stars: Lauren Ambrose, Steven Pasquale, Joe Morton, Ellen Burstyn, James Woods, Richard Dreyfuss, Geena Davis Writer: John J. McLaughlin based on the book by Robin Cook Director: Mikael Salomon Original Telecast: August 5, 2012 Network: A&E If the first night of the two-part, four-hour COMA miniseries wasn’t enough torture, A&E delivers a second half that’s more excruciating as the first. Why, oh, why did this suck so bad? Here’s an example of how COMA fails miserably: whenever something interesting or suspenseful happens, suddenly the characters start looking at charts and talking ominous about what’s on the page. Or in other […]Read On »

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TV Review: COMA Miniseries – Part 1

COMA - miniseries poster | ©2012 A&E

Stars: Lauren Ambrose, Steven Pasquale, Joe Morton, Ellen Burstyn, James Woods, Richard Dreyfuss, Geena Davis Writer: John J. McLaughlin based on the book by Robin Cook Director: Mikael Salomon Network: A&E Original Telecast: August 3, 2012 When you name your mini-series COMA, you better deliver a suspenseful, taut thriller, otherwise, puns from journalists reviewing it will be aplenty. So yes, here’s one coming now – COMA puts you to sleep. Yes, the first two hours of this mini-series airing on A&E is a complete bore. The script is sluggish, the scenarios ridiculous and the pay-off (which finally happens during the […]Read On »

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