EMERGENCE: Allison Tolman on playing a cop again in new genre series – Exclusive Interview

Allison Tolman in EMERGENCE - Season 1 - "Mile Marker 14" | ©2019 ABC/Eric Liebowitz

In ABC’s new Tuesday-night series EMERGENCE, Allison Tolman stars as small-town police chief Jo Evans. Jo has an amiable divorce from her ex, Alex (Donald Faison), and they are co-parenting tween daughter Mia (Ashley Aufderheide). Jo and Mia also have Jo’s ailing dad Ed (Clancy Brown) living with them. The family’s relatively tranquil existence is thrown into chaos when Jo meets a mysterious little girl, Piper (Alexa Swinton), who is the sole survivor of a plane crash. Piper seems to be suffering from severe memory loss. Then people try to kidnap the child. Then Piper shows that she may be […]Read On »

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PRODIGAL SON: Lou Diamond Phillips talks about his new thriller series – Exclusive Interview

Diamond Phillips as Gil Martinez in PRODIGAL SON - Season 1 - "Q&A" | © 2019 Fox Media LLC/David Giesbrech

Fox’s PRODIGAL SON, in its first season on Monday nights, has just received a full-season pickup. Malcolm Bright (Tom Payne), a profiler consultant to an NYPD homicide task force, is the son of notorious, incarcerated serial killer Martin Whitley (Michael Sheen). Lou Diamond Phillips plays Malcolm’s boss, NYPD Lieutenant Gil Arroyo, who arrested Martin when Malcolm was a boy and has served as the young man’s surrogate father ever since. Phillips, born in Subic Bay in the Philippines, has played plenty of law enforcement characters, and pretty much every other type of character, in films and television over a career […]Read On »

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9-1-1: Jennifer Love Hewitt on Season 3 – Exclusive Interview

Jennifer Love Hewitt in 9-1-1 - Season 2 | ©2018 Fox/Mathieu Young

Fox’s first responder drama 9-1-1 is now in its third season on Monday nights. Jennifer Love Hewitt joined the series in its second season as Maddie Kendall, sister of firefighter Evan “Buck” Buckley. Maddie, a former nurse, initially comes to Los Angeles to get away from her abusive husband (played by Hewitt’s real-life spouse, Brian Hallisay), but soon finds a job as an emergency services call center operator. Maddie had an eventful year. Besides becoming involved with Buck’s colleague, paramedic Howey “Chimney” Chan, played by Kenneth Choi, Maddie was stalked and kidnapped by her vengeful ex; she winds up having […]Read On »

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DEAD TO ME: Creator Liz Feldman on Season 1 of the Christina Applegate dramedy – Interview

DEAD TO ME - Season 1 - Key Art | ©2019 Netflix

DEAD TO ME, now streaming its entire first season and renewed for a second on Netflix, is a complex dark comedy. Widowed Jen Harding (Christina Applegate, who received an Emmy nomination) and Judy Hale (Linda Cardellini), who has lost her fiancé, meet in a grief support group and become close friends. But there are a few secrets that greatly complicate the situation. Liz Feldman created and serves as show runner on DEAD TO ME. Feldman previously created the NBC comedy ONE BIG HAPPY, and served as a writer/producer on series including ELLEN: THE ELLEN DEGENERES SHOW, HOT IN CLEVELAND, 2 […]Read On »

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NANCY DREW: Producer and director Larry Teng on the new mystery series – Exclusive Interview

Kennedy McMann as Nancy in NANCY DREW - Season 1 | ©2019 The CW/Kharen Hill

Teen detective Nancy Drew has been part of the culture since her first adventures were published as novels in 1930. Actually created by publisher Edward Stratemeyer, the Nancy Drew books have been written since then by numerous authors all using the pseudonym Carolyn Keene. Nancy Drew has been adapted for both the big and small screens before. The CW has now launched its new NANCY DREW series on Wednesday nights, starring Kennedy McMann as the eponymous sleuth. Nancy is currently working as a waitress at a restaurant in her native small town of Horseshoe Bay. She’s trying to stay out […]Read On »

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EMERGENCE: Creators Tara Butters and Michele Fazekas on new sci-fi thriller – Exclusive Interview

Ashley Aufderheide as Mia Evans, Robert Bailey Jr. as Officer Chris Minetto, Clancy Brown as Ed, Alexa Swinton as Piper, Allison Tolman as Jo Evans, Zabryna Guevara as Abby Fraiser, Donald Faison as Alex Evans, and Owain Yeoman as Benny Gallagher in EMERGENCE - Season 1 | ©2019 ABC/Frank Ockenfels

EMERGENCE, ABC’s new Tuesday-night sci-fi family drama, begins with a mysterious plane crash on a beach outside a small town. When the town’s police chief, Jo Evans (Allison Tolman), investigates, she finds that the crash’s only survivor is a little girl eventually dubbed Piper (Alexa Swinton). Piper seems to have no memory of the crash, or even her own identity. Jo winds up taking the child home, to the surprise of her dad Ed (Clancy Brown) and her daughter Mia (Ashley Aufderheide), as well as the consternation of Mia’s dad and Jo’s ex-husband Alex (Donald Faison). Then strange people start […]Read On »

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ALL RISE: Simone Missick is the Judge on new CBS series – Interview

Simone Missick as Lola Carmichael in ALL RISE - Season 1 | ©2019 WBEI. All rights reserved/Tommy Garcia

In the new CBS Monday-night comedy/drama ALL RISE, created by Greg Spottiswood, Simone Missick stars as Judge Lola Carmichael. Lola, a former prosecutor, has just been appointed to the bench in Los Angeles. Lola tries to balance her conscience with the letter of the law, along with juggling friendships with former peers who now present their cases in her courtroom. Originally from Detroit, Missick played reporter Misty Knight in three interlinked Marvel Netflix series, LUKE CAGE, IRON FIST, and THE DEFENDERS. Next year, she is in Season 2 of Netflix’s ALTERED CARBON. ASSIGNMENT X: Do you think having a character […]Read On »

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SILICON VALLEY: Thomas Middleditch gives the scoop on the sixth and final season – Exclusive Interview

Thomas Middleditch in SILICON VALLEY - Season 6 | ©2019 HBO/Ali Paige Goldstein

SILICON VALLEY embarks on its sixth and final season Sunday, October 27, on HBO. Created by Mike Judge & John Altschuler & Dave Krinsky, the half-hour series stars Thomas Middleditch as Richard Hendricks, who invents a data-compression application in Season 1 and becomes a tech mogul almost in spite of himself. He is surrounded by a group of fellow idiosyncratic tech specialists, played by a comedically skilled group that includes Kumail Nanjiani, Martin Starr, Josh Brener and Zach Woods. Likely due to his role on SILICON VALLEY, Middleditch has become a highly visible spokesman in TV commercials for Verizon. Originally […]Read On »

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THE GOOD PLACE: D’Arcy Carden chats about all things Janet and the final season – Exclusive Interview

D'Arcy Carden as Janet in THE GOOD PLACE - Season 4 | ©2019 NBC/Andrew Eccles

THE GOOD PLACE, the NBC comedy now in its fourth and final season on Thursday nights, may be the most arced half-hour on network television. Created by Michael Schur, THE GOOD PLACE started as what seemed to be a story about one woman, Eleanor Shellstrop (Kristen Bell), thinking she’d mistakenly been sent to the Good Place (i.e., Heaven) after death. Spoiler alert: it turned out that Eleanor was in an experiment of the Bad Place, run by the demon Michael (Ted Danson). Over three seasons, Michael, Eleanor and Eleanor’s three fellow experimentees – philosophy professor Chidi Anagonye (William Jackson Harper), […]Read On »

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CAROL’S SECOND ACT: Sabrina Jalees on the new CBS comedy series – Exclusive Interview

Sabrina Jalees is Lexie Gilani in CAROL'S SECOND ACT |©2019 CBS Broadcasting Inc. All Rights Reserved./Sonja Flemming

In CBS’s new Thursday-night comedy CAROL’S SECOND ACT, retired teacher Carol Kenney, played by sitcom veteran Patricia Heaton, embarks on a medical career, and becomes Dr. Carol Kenney, an unusually mature medical resident. Sabrina Jalees plays Lexie Gilani, one of Carol’s fellow residents. Jalees has a background in standup comedy. Originally from Canada, Jalees previously performed in and wrote for THE BARONESS VON SKETCH SHOW, and was a writer on the series SEARCH PARTY, BIG MOUTH, POWERLESS, and THE MAYOR. Working on this last one, Jalees met fellow writers Emily Halpern and Sarah Haskins, who would go on to create […]Read On »

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