Interview: Phyllis Logan gives the scoop on DOWNTON ABBEY Season 4

Phyllis Logan in DOWNTON ABBEY | ©2013 PBS/Joss Barratt

DOWNTON ABBEY, the phenomenally popular series about the wealthy British Grantham family and their servants before, during and after World War I, launches its fourth season on PBS Sunday, January 5 at 9 PM. When PBS throws a DOWNTON ABBEY event for the Television Critics Association, actress Phyllis Logan is among the guests. Logan plays Mrs. Elsie Hughes, the chief housekeeper at Downton Abbey. Logan, who hails from Scotland, is a constantly working actress in the U.K., with credits including a series regular role on six seasons of LOVEJOY as the very “upstairs” character Lady Jane Felsham and her award-winning […]Read On »

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Interview: The scoop on GRIMM Season 3 from co-creators David Greenwalt and Jim Kouf – Part 1

GRIMM Season 3 key art | ©2013 NBC

In Season 3 of GRIMM, NBC on Fridays at 9 PM, quite a lot is going on with all the characters. Our hero, Portland, Oregon police detective Nick Burkhardt (David Giuntoli) is a Grimm who can recognize and, when need be, fight Wesen, supernatural beings who conceal their true identities behind a human appearance. Nick started the season as a zombie and killed a man in a bar fight before being restored to normal. Nick’s girlfriend Juliette (Bitsie Tulloch) and his police partner Hank (Russell Hornsby) now know Nick is a Grimm. Nick’s wolflike Wesen friend Monroe (Silas Weir Mitchell) […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: Echo Kellum talks SEAN SAVES THE WORLD and playing Hunter

Echo Kellum in SEAN SAVES THE WORLD - Season 1 | ©2013 NBC/Chris Haston

On NBC’s half-hour comedy SEAN SAVES THE WORLD, Thursdays at 9 PM, Sean Hayes plays the title character, trying to be a good single gay father to his teenage daughter (Samantha Isler) while at the same time coping with a tyrannical new owner (Thomas Lennon) at work. Echo Kellum plays Hunter, one of Sean’s coworkers and friends, who is usually ready to follow Sean’s lead. Originally from Chicago, Kellum did stage comedy and improv with the Groundlings and the Upright Citizens Brigade; he was previously a regular on the Fox half-hour comedy BEN AND KATE. At an NBC event for […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: Actor Nyambi Nyambi on MIKE & MOLLY Season 4

Nyambi Nyambi in MIKE & MOLLY | ©2010 CBS/ Robert Sebree

CBS’ half-hour comedy MIKE & MOLLY is now in its fourth season, Mondays at 9 PM. Though the title characters, played by Billy Gardell and Melissa McCarthy – who won an Outstanding Actress Emmy for her performance – are at the center of the series, their family and friends also make a large contribution to the series. A case in point is Samuel, the Senegalese immigrant played by Nyambi Nyambi. Samuel has the very first line in the very first episode of MIKE & MOLLY, but Nyambi hails from Norman, Oklahoma, so his real-life speaking voice is very different than […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: Being one of THE NEIGHBORS is alien to Simon Templeman

Simon Templeman in THE NEIGHBORS - Season 2 - "Fear and Loving in New Jersey" | ©2013 ABC/Richard Cartwright

THE NEIGHBORS, now in its second season on ABC, Fridays at 8:30 PM, is half-hour comedy about human/extraterrestrial culture clash. The Weavers, a nice middle-class family consisting of dad Marty (Lenny Venito), mom Debbie (Jami Gertz) and three kids, move to a quiet gated community, where everyone else turns out to be from the planet Zabvron. Chief among the Zabvronians is the family next door to the Weavers. Simon Templeman plays the alien patriarch Larry Bird, who can be doleful, fretful, ambitious and wildly optimistic all at the same time. Larry is married to Jackie Joyner-Kersee (Toks Olegundoye) an they […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: HOME & FAMILY host Cristina Ferrare brings it on home

Cristina Ferrare and Mark Steines in HOME & FAMILY | ©2013 Hallmark Channel

HOME & FAMILY, Hallmark Channel’s lifestyle program hosted by Cristina Ferrare and Mark Steines, was nominated for an Emmy in its first season. Now in its second season, HOME & FAMILY, which deals with every topic imaginable involving its title, airs weekdays and shoots five days a week, forty-four weeks a year. Ferrare is at Hallmark’s session for the Television Critics Association at the Beverly Hilton Hotel, and she’s taken on some hosting duties for the luncheon, having planned the menu for the array of Hallmark talent, creative staff and executives, as well as the TCA membership. Ferrare, a native […]Read On »

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Interview: SABRINA, SECRETS OF A TEENAGE WITCH gets animated

SABRINA, SECRETS OF A TEENAGE WITCH | ©2013 The Hub

For an adolescent, Sabrina the Teenage Witch has been around a long time. Initially, Sabrina was based on Tabitha, a magical baby, then toddler, offspring of witch Samantha and mortal Darrin Stephens on the live-action half-hour comedy BEWITCHED, which ran 1964-1972. Sabrina made her debut as a character in ARCHIE COMICS. Her first TV show, SABRINA, THE ANIMATED SERIES, ran 1971-1974. The live-action half-hour comedy SABRINA, THE TEENAGE WITCH starring Melissa Joan Hart ran 1998 through 2003, when the animated SABRINA’S SECRET LIFE was launched. Now the Hub Network has an all-new CGI-animated SABRINA, SECRETS OF A TEENAGE WITCH, airing […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: GROUND FLOOR star John C. McGinley is the Boss

John C. McGinley in GROUND FLOOR - Season 1 | ©2013 TBS

In TBS’s new half-hour comedy GROUND FLOOR, Thursdays at 10 PM, Brody (Skylar Astin) is an up-and-coming San Francisco broker who falls for Jennifer (Briga Heelan), who works in the building’s maintenance department. More than skyscraper floors separate them – Brody’s boss Mr. Mansfield, played by John C. McGinley, doesn’t think any of his people should be fraternizing with the help. GROUND FLOOR was co-created by Bill Lawrence and Greg Malins. Lawrence also created the NBC comedy SCRUBS, where McGinley spent eight years as acerbic Dr. Perry Cox. The actor, originally from New York City, began his bigscreen career with […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: TNT President Michael Wright on MOB CITY Season 1

Drew Struzan poster artwork for MOB CITY | ©2013 TNT

MOB CITY, the series developed by Frank Darabont and inspired by John Buntin’s book L.A. NOIR, dramatizes that battle royal that raged in the 1940s between the LAPD and mobsters Ben “Bugsy” Siegel, played by Edward Burns, and Mickey Cohen, played by Jeremy Luke. The TNT series has its two-hour season finale Wednesday, December 18 at 9 PM. TNT President/Head of Entertainment Michael Wright takes a few moments to discuss the show’s violence and the casting of Burns as the lethal Siegel. ASSIGNMENT X: Is the violence level on MOB CITY at all comparable to TNT’s previous present-day cop series […]Read On »

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Interview: Edward Burns is the MOB CITY boss

Edward Burns in MOB CITY - Season 1 | ©2013 TNT/Doug Hyun

In TNT’s Forties noir drama MOB CITY, which has its two-hour first-season finale Wednesday December 18 at 9 PM, Edward Burns plays notorious real-life mobster Ben “Bugsy” Siegel. Burns, originally from Queens, New York, burst onto the indie film scene as an actor/writer/director/producer with 1995’s THE BROTHERS McMULLEN. He’s gone on to write/direct/produce a dozen other projects. As an actor, his feature film credits include SAVING PRIVATE RYAN, 27 DRESSES, MAN ON A LEDGE and he’s played himself on ENTOURAGE, but most of his roles call for Burns to play someone who is essentially decent, or at least possesses some […]Read On »

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