HIGH & MIGHTY: Creator Cesar Mazariegos on stoned superhero series – Exclusive Interview

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HIGH & MIGHTY is a superhero tale with a twist from creator Cesar Mazariegos. In the series, now streaming its first season on Warner Bros.’ digital platform Stage 13, slacker Chelo Chavez (Jorge Diaz) finds that he has superpowers – but only when he’s high. “The powers correlate to how he feels,” Mazariegos explains. “So when he’s drunk, he feels super-strong, and he’s impenetrable, and he can break bricks. When he’s high, he floats. When he’s coked up, you’ll have to see what happens.” At the outset, Mazariegos didn’t conceive of HIGH & MIGHTY as a series. “[The HIGH & […]Read On »

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THE GREAT AMERICAN READ: Actor/writer Wil Wheaton talks favorite books – Exclusive Interview

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PBS brings back THE GREAT AMERICAN READ on Tuesday, September 11. Hosted by Meredith Viera, THE GREAT AMERICAN READ premiered back in May. The series aims to discover “America’s best-loved novel” by means of viewer opinion. To date, two million people have voted, narrowing the list down to one hundred titles. With eight episodes rolling out on successive Tuesday nights, the season finale on October 23 will reveal the top vote getter. (Those interested in voting can do so via pbs.org/greatamericanread, hashtag voting on Twitter and Facebook, an SMS app, and by phone. Actor/author Wil Wheaton is one of the […]Read On »

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DISENCHANTMENT: Co-creator Josh Weinstein gives the scoop on the new Matt Groening animated series – Exclusive Interview

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In Netflix’s new animated series DISENCHANTMENT, tough Princess Bean (voiced by Abbi Jacobson) goes on a quest with optimistic elf Elfo (voiced by Nat Faxon) and personal demon Luci (voiced by Eric Andre). This may sound a little like either a Disney feature or a Saturday-morning show, but DISENCHANTED is created by Matt Groening, who brought forth THE SIMPSONS and FUTURAMA, and Josh Weinstein, who has been a writer and producer on the two Groening series. Asked about the family viewing prospects for DINSENCHANTMENT, Weinstein replies, “We’re hoping that the jokes for adults will go over kids’ heads, even though […]Read On »

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ROB RIGGLE’S SKI MASTER ACADEMY: Actor Christopher McDonald – Exclusive Interview

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In ROB RIGGLE’S SKI MASTER ACADEMY, a comedy series now streaming all eight episodes of its first season on the free service Crackle.com, Riggle plays a version of himself who purchases the title establishment during a midlife crisis. Alas, the Ski Master Academy is the site of many fatal accidents, so Riggle tries to defend himself against claims of mismanagement. As flashbacks demonstrate, he may be more culpable than he’d like to admit. Christopher McDonald is among the guest stars on ROB RIGGLE’S SKI ACADEMY. McDonald has a career that spans film, TV, and stage. His recent credits include an […]Read On »

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ROOSTER TEETH: Co-Founder Geoff Ramsey on RED VS. BLUE, RWBY and more – Exclusive Interview

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The company Rooster Teeth was founded by Geoff Ramsey, Michael Justin “Burnie” Burns, Matt Hullum, Jason Saldana, Gus Sorola and Joel Heyman in 2003. Their first production was RED VS. BLUE, which is still being made, and is now reportedly the second-longest-running Web series in history. RED VS. BLUE popularized the technique of machinima, or digital puppeteering. Set in the universe of the videogame HALO, using the game’s visuals, RED VS. BLUE has the HALO characters trading banter that ranges from comedic to existential in the downtime between firefights. From these beginnings, Rooster Teeth has expanded its empire. Headquartered in […]Read On »

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THE BLETCHLEY CIRCLE: SAN FRANCISCO: Rachael Stirling on new British series – Exclusive Interview

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THE BLETCHLEY CIRCLE, originally produced in the U.K. by ITV in 2012 and 2014, aired in the U.S. on PBS. Set in 1950s England, it told the story of four women who had worked together during WWII as code-breakers at the top-secret Bletchley Park facility. After the war ends, the very different characters come together to use their wartime skills to solve murders. Now the streaming service Britbox has joined forces with ITV to bring forth THE BLETCHLEY CIRCLE: SAN FRANCISCO. Original BLETCHLEY CIRCLE characters Millie, played by Rachael Stirling, and Jean, played by Julie Graham, have been out of […]Read On »

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MR. MERCEDES: Executive Producer Jack Bender on Season 2 – Exclusive Interview

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In Season 1 of AT&T Audience Network/DirecTV’s MR. MERCEDES, adapted for television by David E. Kelley from the Stephen King novel of the same name, innocent-looking young man Brady Hartsfield (Harry Treadaway) commits mass murder with the title vehicle. Retired Chicago police detective Bill Hodges (Brendan Gleeson) and his friend Holly Gibney (Justine Lupe) track Brady down while he’s committing more homicides. Holly manages to inflict near-fatal brain damage on Brady, thwarting his plan to blow up a full auditorium. In Season 2 of MR. MERCEDES, premiering Wednesday, August, 22 Bill and Holly have opened a private detective agency, Finders […]Read On »

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SACRED LIES: Creator Raelle Tucker – Exclusive Interview

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SACRED LIES is based on Stephanie Oakes’s novel THE SACRED LIES OF MINNOW BLY, which is in turn partially based on the Grimm fairytale “The Handless Maiden.” Raelle Tucker has adapted SACRED LIES as a streaming series for Facebook Watch. The first season is airing in half-hour episodes that premiere on Facebook Watch on Friday nights. Tucker has been a writer/producer on other series, including TRUE BLOOD, THE RETURNED, and JESSICA JONES, but SACRED LIES is the first show that she has created. ASSIGNMENT X: Can you describe what SACRED LIES is about? RAELLE TUCKER: SACRED LIES is the story […]Read On »

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THE HANDMAID’S TALE: Emmy winner Ann Dowd on Season 2 – Exclusive Interview

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In Hulu’s multi-Emmy-winning THE HANDMAID’S TALE, based on Margaret Atwood’s novel, most of America has been taken over by Gilead. Gilead is a far-right religious sect which dictates that the few remaining fertile women be forced to procreate for powerful men and their presumed-sterile wives (when couples can’t conceive, it is always deemed to be the woman’s fault). The fertile women, known as handmaids, are forcibly taught what is expected of them by women known as aunts. Aunt Lydia is an especially formidable example, played by Ann Dowd, who won an Emmy for her performance in THE HANDMAID’S TALE’s first […]Read On »

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HARD SUN: Executive Producer Kate Harwood chats new Hulu detective series – Exclusive Interview

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In the British series HARD SUN, now streaming its entire first season on Hulu, police detectives Charlie Hicks (Jim Sturgess) and Elaine Renko (Agyness Deyn) learn that the world will end in five years. Meanwhile, they’ve got to stop a serial killer with a weird philosophy. Neil Cross created HARD SUN. He then brought it to fellow executive producer Kate Harwood (EASTENDERS, OLIVER TWIST, TESS OF THE D’URBERVILLES), who explains how HARD SUN came together. ASSIGNMENT X: Did you develop HARD SUN with Neil Cross? KATE HARWOOD: Yes. He brought me the idea when we started Euston Films up, and […]Read On »

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