POP SHOW – Episode 40: Interview with THE EXPANSE star Wes Chatham

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Welcome back to the POP SHOW PODCAST starring Anthony C Ferrante. This week was a skeleton crew on the show since Anthony is off filming SHARKNADO 5, Sonia had a birthday party to attend to (how dare she) and Ryan is still MIA. So it was left to Christopher Allen Smith (@JettJergens) and myself (@PeterBrownAX) to helm the ship. So we took the time to talk about THE EXPANSE, SyFy’s amazing science fiction show that has just started its second season. This included a really cool visit from Wes Chatham, who plays Amos Burton on THE EXPANSE. Wes took some time […]Read On »

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TRAINING DAY: Actress Julie Benz chat about the new CBS series – exclusive interview

Julie Benz stars in the new CBS series TRAINING DAY | © 2017 CBS

Julie Benz is at home on CBS these days. Last year, Benz wrapped up three years as heroic mayor/madam Amanda Rosewater on Syfy’s DEFIANCE, about a town where humans and extraterrestrials from a variety of planets made a sometimes fractious home for themselves. The actress is now in her second season of playing recurring character Inspector Abby Dunn on CBS’ HAWAII FIVE-0 on Friday nights, and on Thursday, February 2, she’s Holly McCabe in the premiere of CBS’ TRAINING DAY. Denzel Washington won an Oscar for his portrayal of murderously corrupt LAPD Detective Alonzo Harris in the 2001 TRAINING DAY feature […]Read On »

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SCHITT’S CREEK: Actress Emily Hampshire gives the scoop on Season 3 – exclusive interview

Emily Hampshire in SCHITT'S CREEK | © 2017 Pop TV

SCHITT’S CREEK returns for its third season on Pop TV Tuesday, Jan. 10. The half-hour comedy, created by son-and-father Dan Levy and Eugene Levy, concerns a formerly wealthy family of four (with Dan Levy as the son and Eugene Levy as the father) gone broke and forced to live in the town they once bought as a joke. Emily Hampshire costars as Schitt’s Creek local Stevie Budd. Hampshire is also a regular on a very different series, Syfy’s 12 MONKEYS, which will be back with its third season this summer. Hampshire plays the brilliant but extremely disturbed Jennifer Goines in […]Read On »

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INCORPORATED: The creators and executive producer talk new Syfy series – Interview

Dennis Haysbert as Julian in INCORPORATED - Season 1 |©2016 Syfy /Gavin Bond

In Syfy’s new Wednesday night drama INCORPORATED, the world is run by corporations. Green zones are pleasant and belong to the rich; red zones are overcrowded dystopias filled with the poor. Ben Larson, played by Sean Teale, must play a dangerous game to conceal his ties between the two. Julia Ormond and Dennis Haysbert also star. INCORPORATED comes from executive producers Matt Damon, Ben Affleck and Jennifer Todd’s Pearl Street Films. The series was created by Catalonian brothers Alex Pastor and David Pastor, who also wrote the films THE LAST DAYS, SELF/LESS and CARRIERS. Ted Humphrey, who also executive produced […]Read On »

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HUNTERS: Julian McMahon plays a hostile alien on new Syfy series – Exclusive Interview

Julian McMahon is Lionel McCarthy in HUNTERS - Season 1 | ©2016 Syfy/Peter Brew-Bevan

Actor Julian McMahon is no stranger to the science-fiction/fantasy/horror genre. He costarred as the demonic Cole in multiple seasons of CHARMED, played Dr. Doom in the 2005 and 2007 FANTASTIC FOUR films, appeared in BAIT (Great White sharks terrorizing a submerged supermarket) and also starred in the 2003-2010 run of NIP/TUCK (not technically genre, but often surreal). Now McMahon plays McCarthy, an extraterrestrial carrying out terrorist acts against humans in Syfy’s Monday night series HUNTERS. The season was shot in McMahon’s native Australia. ASSIGNMENT X: Was it fun to be working back in Australia? JULIAN McMAHON: It was really fun. […]Read On »

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12 MONKEYS: Actress Barbara Sukowa on Season 2 – Exclusive Interview

Barbara Sukowa as Katarina Jones in 12 MONKEYS - Season 2 - "Lullaby"| ©2016 Syfy/Russ Martin

Barbara Sukowa has a decades-long career as an international film star. She’s worked frequently with Rainer Werner Fassbinder (the BERLIN ALEXANDERPLATZ miniseries, LOLA) and other major European directors. The German actress has also appeared in American productions, including the miniseries SPACE and features including JOHNNY MNEMONIC and CRADLE WILL ROCK. At present, Sukowa is in her second season of playing temporal scientist Katarina Jones in Syfy’s 12 MONKEYS, Mondays at 9. Sukowa’s character is one of the people responsible for sending James Cole (Aaron Stanford) from a devastated 2043 to 2015 to prevent a plague that will destroy civilization. However, […]Read On »

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POP SHOW PODCAST – Episode 25: Interview with SHARKNADO 4 star Masiela Lusha

POP SHOW PODCAST | © 2016 AssignmentX

Hi there, party people. THE POP SHOW PODCAST is back after a two week hiatus and we have a special treat in an interview with SHARKNADO: THE 4TH AWAKENS star Masiela Lusha, who plays Gemini in the fourth installment of the sharks and tornado smashup. Since Anthony C. Ferrante (@acferrante) directed SHARKNADO, he has some great insider knowledge and is joined in the podcast by the usual cohorts in Chris Smith (@JettJergens), Sonia Mansfield (@TheSoniaShow), Ryan Mitchelle and myself (@peterbrownAX). Remember, SHARKNADO: THE 4TH AWAKENS debuts on SyFy Channel on July 31. Save the date and all that! We also […]Read On »

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HUNTERS: Natalie Chaidez and Gale Anne Hurd talk new Syfy series – Exclusive Interview

Mark Coles in HUNTERS - Season 1 | ©2016 Syfy/Peter Brew-Beven

In Syfy’s Monday-night series HUNTERS, created by Natalie Chaidez, a new division of the government investigates whether certain terrorists are really extraterrestrials, and vice-versa. Chaidez, previously a writer/producer on HEROES, TERMINATOR: THE SARAH CONNOR CHRONICLES and 12 MONKEYS, is also one of HUNTERS’ executive producers. Another executive producer on the show is Gale Anne Hurd, a force behind such projects as TERMINATOR, ALIENS and THE WALKING DEAD. ASSIGNMENT X: Can you describe the basic setup of HUNTERS? GALE ANNE HURD: Imagine that we’re living in a world and aliens are indeed among us. And we’re not quite sure what their […]Read On »

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12 MONKEYS: Terry Matalas talks Season 2 – exclusive interview

Aaron Stanford as Cole in 12 MONKEYS | © 2016 Steve Wilkie/SyFy

12 MONKEYS, now in its second season Monday nights on Syfy Channel, is based loosely on the 1995 film. In both, a man named James Cole (played by Aaron Stanford in the series, Bruce Willis in the movie) travels from the near future to the past. The difference is that in the 12 MONKEYS TV version, Cole is here to prevent rather than merely observe a viral outbreak that devastates the human species. Cole finds an ally in 2015, Dr. Cassandra Railly (Amanda Schull). However, as they travel to past, future and present, Cole and Railly find themselves susceptible to […]Read On »

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THE MAGICIANS: Executive Producer John McNamara on Season 1 – Exclusive Interview

Stella Maeve in THE MAGICIANS - Season 1 | ©2016 Syfy/Lorenzo Agius

In Syfy’s new Monday night series THE MAGICIANS, based on the trilogy of novels by Lev Grossman, magic is real. Some, like Quentin Coldwater (Jason Ralph), study the magical arts at Brakebills University, while others, like Quentin’s lifelong friend Julia (Stella Maeve), learn more dangerously on the street. Magic may help explain how John McNamara, who adapted THE MAGICIANS for television with fellow executive producer Sera Gamble, is working out his schedule. McNamara is also executive-producing NBC’s Sixties-era crime drama AQUARIUS, starring David Duchovny, which will be airing its second season later this year, and discussing the Fifties/Sixties Hollywood blacklist […]Read On »

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