BRITBOX: Network President Soumya Sriraman on the U.S. streaming service and more – Exclusive Interview

BRITBOX Network President Soumya Sriraman | courtesy of Britbox

Launched in 2017, Britbox is a streaming service dedicated to bringing the best of BBC and ITV fare to the United States. Soumya Sriraman (first name rhymes with “home ya” and surname is pronounced Sree-rah-man), President of Britbox North America, sits down for an extensive discussion of the company that brings an enormous amount of British television to U.S. viewers. ASSIGNMENT X: What made U.K. TV networks BBC and ITV decide to join hands and create Britbox? SOUMYA SRIRAMAN: It kind of had to be done. The thing that both BBC and ITV have done for a long time is […]Read On »

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THE HANDMAID’S TALE: Joseph Fiennes on playing one of the architects of Gilead – Exclusive Interview

Joseph Fiennes in THE HANDMAID'S TALE - Season 2 - "Postpartum" | ©2019 Hulu/George Kraychy

THE HANDMAID’S TALE, the multi-Emmy-winning adaptation of Margaret Atwood’s novel, now has three seasons streaming on Hulu, and has been renewed for a fourth. In the near future of THE HANDMAID’S TALE, human fertility is on the wane, and much of the United States has been overtaken by the totalitarian fundamentalist government of Gilead. In Gilead, women have virtually no rights. Wives have status, but if they are infertile (and most are), the household brings in a “handmaid” to be impregnated by the husband in a ceremony that involves both of the women. THE HANDMAID’S TALE is seen largely through […]Read On »

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THE TERROR: INFAMY: Season co-creator Alexander Woo on the historical horror show – Interview

Kiki Sukezane as Yuko, George Takei as Nobuhiro Yamato, Derek Mio as Chester Nakayama, Cristina Rodlo as Luz Ojeda, Miki Ishikawa as Amy Yoshida, Shingo Usami as Henry Nakayama, Naoko Mori as Asako Nakayama in THE TERROR: INFAMY - Season 2 | ©2019 AMC/Maxine Helfman

In AMC’s Monday-night THE TERROR: INFAMY, Japanese-Americans and their immigrant parents and grandparents are confronted by two kinds of horror. One is the real-world abomination of the internment camps, set up by the U.S. government in a wave of racist panic after the 1941 bombing of Pearl Harbor, which mandated that all people of Japanese descent be rounded up and held in detention facilities. The other terror is more ancient, a vengeful spirit from Japan who is stalking victims in the community. George Takei, who in real life was detained in the camps as a child, plays one of the […]Read On »

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POWER: Creator Courtney A. Kemp on the final season and the first spin-off – Exclusive Interview

POWER - Season 6 Key Art | ©2019 Starz

Starz’s drama POWER embarks on its sixth and final season Sunday, August 25, with the main characters at each other’s throats. Club owner/drug kingpin James “Ghost” St. Patrick (Omari Hardwick) is furious at the defection of his erstwhile best friend/lieutenant Tommy Egan (Joseph Sikora); Tommy is homicidal over the fact that Ghost tricked him into killing his own father. Ghost’s estranged wife Tasha (Naturi Naughton) is livid at the mess both men have made of their lives and her own. At Starz’s session for the Television Critics Association press tour, an announcement was made that there would be at least […]Read On »

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SNOWFALL: Co-creator Dave Andron on Season 3 – Exclusive interview

SNOWFALL - Season 3 Key Art | ©2019 FX

FX’s SNOWFALL, now in its third season Wednesday nights and renewed for a fourth, deals with how crack cocaine use became so prevalent. Set in 1980s South Central Los Angeles, SNOWFALL stars Damron Idris as Franklin Saint, a successful young dealer who is feeling increasing pressure from all sides, including the FBI, but does not – yet – recognize the damage his product. Dave Andron, formerly an executive producer/writer on FX’s JUSTIFIED, is one of the co-creators of SNOWFALL with fellow executive producers Eric Amadio and the late John Singleton. Andron talks with us about how SNOWFALL’s story may go […]Read On »

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POSE: Writer-producer Our Lady J talks the first two seasons of the FX series – Exclusive Interview

POSE - Season 2 Key Art | ©2019 FX

As FX’s POSE Season 2 draws to a close on Tuesday, August 20, plenty of characters are at a crossroads. It’s the ‘90s, and mainstream culture has had a glimpse of New York City’s transgender ballroom scene. House of Evangelista mother Blanca (Mj Rodriguez) is facing empty nests, at home and at work. Daughter Angel’s (Indya Moore) modeling career takes off, as has her romance with Lil Papi (Angel Bismark Curiel), so both have moved out. Son Damon’s (Ryan Jamaal Swain) work as a professional dancer has taken him to Europe. Meanwhile, Blanca’s hard-won nail salon business has been burned […]Read On »

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ZOMBIE TIDAL WAVE: Actor-producer Ian Ziering on his new zombie movie and the BH90210 reboot – Exclusive Interview

Ian Ziering is Hunter Shaw in ZOMBIE TIDAL WAVE | ©2019 Syfy/Brobond Entertainment

Fox’s Wednesday-night miniseries BH90210 is not precisely a reboot of that network’s BEVERLY HILLS 90210/90210, which ran from 1990 through 2000. Instead, BH90210 features seven of the original series’ stars – Gabrielle Carteris, Shannen Doherty, Jennie Garth, Brian Austin Greene, Jason Priestley, Tori Spelling, and Ian Ziering, all executive producers on the new show – as versions of themselves trying to get a remake of 90210 off the ground. Garth and Spelling spearheaded the move to get BH90210 going, but most of their colleagues enthusiastically came aboard. Holdout Doherty changed her mind and signed on after the unexpected death of […]Read On »

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SERENGETI: Director-Producer John Downer talks about new wildlife Discovery series – Exclusive Interview

Elephants and zebra herds at waterhole in SERENGETI - Season 1 | ©2019 Discovery Channel

Discovery Channel’s new Sunday-night miniseries SERENGETI is unusual. This is not because it is set in the Serengeti National Park in Tanzania, Africa, which contains large populations of many of the continent’s most notable wildlife; the network has aired many documentaries made there. However, SERENGETI is not a documentary, but rather a drama, created by Simon Fuller and directed by award-winning wildlife documentarian John Downer, both of whom are producers on the miniseries. Downer shot footage of real Serengeti lions, elephants, hyenas, baboons and other animals going about their lives, which has been edited into a storyline, narrated in the […]Read On »

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GEORGE TAKEI Interview: The actor chats THE TERROR: INFAMY & his new book THEY CALLED US ENEMY

George Takei as Yamato-San in THE TERROR: INFAMY - Season 2 | ©2019 AMC/Ed Araquel

George Takei is proof that you can take the actor out of STAR TREK, but sometimes STAR TREK is still within the actor. Takei has been world-famous for over fifty years for his portrayal of Starfleet’s Lieutenant Hikaru Sulu on the original STAR TREK series. Sulu was eventually given command of his own vessel, The Excelsior, in the STAR TREK film franchise. Takei has long since added to his considerable legacy by becoming an author and an activist, working ceaselessly to educate people about the internment of Japanese-Americans by the U.S. government during World War II, as well as for […]Read On »

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POSE: Angel Bismark Curiel on Season 2 and playing Lil Papi – Exclusive Interview

Angel Bismark Curiel as Lil Papi in POSE - Season 2 | ©2019 FX/Pari Dukovic

On FX Networks’ POSE, now in its second season on Tuesday nights and renewed for a third, Angel Bismark Curiel plays Lil Papi. Papi is a former street hustler and small-time drug dealer who has given up both to become part of the House of Evangelista, headed by “Mother” Blanca (Mj Rodriguez). Unlike most of his Evangelista family and friends, Lil Papi has modest ambitions, at least so far. Papi doesn’t want to be a parent, a business owner, or a star, and while he’s supportive of everyone’s activism on the part of gay men, transgender people and those with AIDS, […]Read On »

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