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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THE EXPANSE: Showrunner Naren Shankar chats about Season 1 – exclusive interview

Thomas Jane stars as Detective Josephus Miller in THE EXPANSE | © 2016 Steve Wilkie/Syfy

In Syfy’s THE EXPANSE, in its first season Tuesdays at 10 PM, humanity has spread across the solar system without getting any more humane. A distress call from a missing young woman entangles the crew of the ice-hauling spacecraft Canterbury in both a murder mystery and political intrigue that could lead to interplanetary war. Show runner Naren Shankar, one of THE EXPANSE’s executive producers, has lots of experience in the science-fiction genre, with writing/producing credits that include STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION, THE OUTER LIMITS, FARSCAPE and GRIMM. He also spent nearly ten years as a writer/executive producer on CSI. […]Read On »

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THE EXPANSE: Steven Strait on Holden’s dangerous journey – exclusive interview

Steven Strait stars as James Holden on SyFy's THE EXPANSE | © 2016 Rafy/Syfy

In space, your crewmates actually can hear you say something to the effect of, “I think the ship may be falling apart.” This is one of the many hazards on Syfy’s new series THE EXPANSE, now in its first season Tuesdays at 10 PM and renewed for a second. Based on a series of best-selling novels by James S.A. Corey, THE EXPANSE has multiple interwoven plot threads. One of these concerns the Canterbury, a spaceship that is not exactly in ship-shape as it hauls ice across the solar system two hundred years from now. This is physically perilous work in […]Read On »

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THE EXPANSE: Cas Anvar on the new Syfy series – Exclusive Interview

Cas Anvar in THE EXPANSE - Season 1 | ©2015 Syfy/Jason Bell

Based on a series of best-selling novels by James S.A. Corey, Syfy’s new series THE EXPANSE, Tuesdays at 10 PM, is set two hundred years from now. Humanity’s technical prowess has grown enough for people to spread throughout the solar system. Alas, humanity’s emotional and psychological flaws remain much as they are now, which means interplanetary war may break out. Cas Anvar plays spacecraft pilot Alex Kamal. The prolific actor, originally from Saskatchewan, Canada, also starred in Syfy’s series OLYMPUS earlier this year, and has three feature films out in 2015 alone: the award-winning ROOM, the exorcism thriller THE VATICAN […]Read On »

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CHILDHOOD’S END: Screenwriter Matthew Graham on adapting the classic novel – Interview

Charles Dance in CHILDHOOD'S END | © 2015 Syfy

Arthur C. Clarke’s 1953 novel CHILDHOOD’S END has been regarded as a science-fiction classic for six decades now. For about the same amount of time, it has been regarded as unfilmable, even though Stanley Kubrick’s cinematic adaptation of another of Clarke’s novels, 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY, has received near-universal acclaim and despite the fact that CHILDHOOD’S themes of an alien race arriving on Earth with tangible benefits (an end to war, disease and poverty) but dubious motives have been disseminated throughout countless other books, films and TV series. Syfy Channel has finally accepted the challenge and produced a three-part miniseries […]Read On »

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