Exclusive Interview: Jamie Bell talks TURN Season 1 and more

Jamie Bell in TURN - Season 1 | ©2014 AMC

In TURN, based on Alexander Rose’s nonfiction book WASHINGTON’S SPIES, Jamie Bell stars as historical figure Abraham Woodhull. Abe is a cabbage farmer living in the American colonies in the eighteenth century when war breaks out. Abe initially wants to stay out of the conflict, but he’s recruited by his friend Ben Talmadge (Seth Numrich) to join the Culper Ring, a band of spies who answer to General George Washington. The AMC series has its first-season finale Sunday, June 8, at 9 PM. AMC has presented a Q&A panel at the Pasadena Langham Huntington Hotel for the Television Critics Association […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: Sarah Lancaster on LOVE FINDS YOU IN SUGARCREEK

LOVE FINDS YOU IN SUGARCREEK | ©2014 Up

LOVE FINDS YOU IN SUGARCREEK, a telefilm shot in the real town of Sugarcreek, Ohio, has its premiere on Up Sunday June 1 at 7 PM. Sarah Lancaster (Ellie Bartowsky on CHUCK) stars as Rachel Troyler, who lost at her parents at an early age, was raised by and now lives next door to her Amish aunts, played by Kelly McGillis (who also famously played an Amish woman in WITNESS) and Annie Kitral. Although Rachel is not Amish herself, she is well-integrated into the friendly community, where she serves as a law officer. She is unprepared for her feelings when […]Read On »

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Interview: 24: LIVE ANOTHER DAY star Mary Lynn Rajskub beats the clock again

Mary Lynn Rajskub as Chloe O'Brian in 24: LIVE ANOTHER DAY | ©2014 Daniel Smith/FOX

It just wouldn’t be 24 without Kiefer Sutherland’s Jack Bauer. For a lot of people, it also wouldn’t be 24 without Mary Lynn Rajskub’s Chloe O’Brian. Brought on in 24’s third season in 2003 as a grumpy, antisocial computer whiz, Chloe evolved into Jack’s most loyal and trusted colleague. It’s not really a surprise, then, that Chloe and Rajskub are back for 24: LIVE ANOTHER DAY, Mondays at 9 PM on Fox. Although Jack and Chloe begin the twelve-episode season as adversaries, odds are good that they’ll reach détente before long. Rajskub, a Michigan native who does standup comedy and […]Read On »

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Interview: Taylor Kitsch talks THE NORMAL HEART and LONE SURVIVOR

Mark Ruffalo and Taylor Kitsch in THE NORMAL HEART | ©2014 HBO/Jojo Whilden

This is a great week and a half for Taylor Kitsch. The actor, originally from British Columbia, Canada, shot to fame as high school football player Tim Riggins in five seasons of the series FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS and subsequently starred in the big-screen features JOHN CARTER, BATTLESHIP and SAVAGES. Sunday, May 25, Kitsch can be seen on HBO in the premiere of director Ryan Murphy’s film version of Larry Kramer’s play THE NORMAL HEART; Kitsch stars as Bruce Niles, a gay man coping with the AIDS crisis in 1981, when the disease had barely been identified and was being actively […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: Mark Ruffalo talks THE NORMAL HEART

Mark Ruffalo in THE NORMAL HEART | ©2014 HBO/Jojo Whilden

Larry Kramer’s play THE NORMAL HEART was first produced off-Broadway in 1985. In real life, Kramer is one of the founders of ACT UP, which describes itself as “a diverse, non-partisan group of individuals united in anger and committed to direct action to end the AIDS crisis,” which was being largely ignored by the government in the Eighties. In NORMAL HEART, the main character Ned Weeks is Kramer’s fictional surrogate, a gay man who is enraged by the indifference he encounters as he tries to get help for his critically ill lover and friends in 1981. Kramer has now adapted […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: The scoop on 24: LIVE ANOTHER DAY from executive producer Howard Gordon

Kiefer Sutherland in 24: LIVE ANOTHER DAY | © 2014 Fox/Greg Williams

Depending on how you look at it, 24: LIVE ANOTHER DAY is either a miniseries about Kiefer Sutherland’s redoubtable ex-counter-terrorist agent Jack Bauer, or simply Season 9 of 24, resuming after a four-year break in a twelve-hour frame, airing on Fox Mondays at 9 PM. Howard Gordon, executive producer of 24 for much of its run, is back on 24: LIVE ANOTHER DAY. Gordon also has three other series in production – the multi-award-winning HOMELAND, coming back for its fourth season in the fall, FX’s new TYRANT and TNT’s LEGEND. This raises the question of whether Gordon is secretly affiliated […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: Shane West on SALEM and the end of NIKITA

Shane West in SALEM - Season 1 | ©2014 WGN America

Shane West is sneezing, but he explains he hasn’t picked up the cold that’s affected a lot of people in the vicinity. “Oh, no. I have a beard that’s been driving me crazy. I haven’t had a beard like this ever, I think, in my life. And it’s fine, it’s great for the role, but I’m consistently all of a sudden sneezing and my nose is scratchy always. It’s a weird thing, but it’s true.” So perhaps he’s developed an allergy to his own facial hair? West laughs and says it’s possible. “Yes. I’m allergic to everything now, even though […]Read On »

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Interview: David Gelber chats about YEARS OF LIVING DANGEROUSLY

YEARS OF LIVING DANGEROUSLY - Season 1 - "Under the Ice" | ©2014 Showtime

YEARS OF LIVING DANGEROUSLY, on Showtime Mondays at 8 PM, has been described by Showtime’s president David Nevins as an “epic docu-series.” Executive-produced by Daniel Abbasi, David Gelber, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Jerry Weintraub, YEARS explores climate change across the globe, the various ways that this phenomenon is affecting humans and nature, and what can be done to combat it. Correspondents include Schwarzenegger, Harrison Ford, Ian Somerhalder, Jessica Alba, Don Cheadle, Matt Damon, America Ferrera, Michael C. Hall and Lesley Stahl, among others. Executive producer Gelber participates in a Q&A session Showtime hosts for the Television Critics Association, then remains to […]Read On »

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Interview: PENNY DREADFUL creator John Logan on his new horror series

Harry Treadaway in PENNY DREADFUL - Season 1 | ©2014 Showtime

Put together Victorian England in 1891, add an expatriate American sharpshooter (Josh Hartnett) attached to a traveling Wild West show, an ambitious spiritualist (Eva Green), a monster hunter (Timothy Dalton) and Dracula, Dr. Frankenstein, Dorian Gray and assorted other supernatural entities, make it very scary and sexy, and you’ve got Showtime’s PENNY DREADFUL, which premieres its eight-episode first season Sunday, May 11 at 10 PM. PENNY DREADFUL is the first television series created by the prolific John Logan, who won a Tony Award for his stage play RED. His screenplays for GLADIATOR, THE AVIATOR and HUGO were nominated for Oscars; […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: The scoop on AMC’s TURN

TURN movie poser | ©2014 AMC

Based on historian Alexander Rose’s nonfiction book WASHINGTON’S SPIES, AMC’s new dramatic thriller TURN, Sundays at 10 PM, is set during the American Revolutionary War. George Washington has a network of spies working for him against the British. An initially reluctant recruit to this cause is cabbage farmer Abe Woodhull, played by Jamie Bell (BILLY ELLIOTT). Following a Q&A panel held by AMC for the Television Critics Association, author Rose sits down with TURN executive producer Barry Josephson and show runner Craig Silverstein for a discussion of the series. ASSIGNMENT X: When you wrote this book, did you have the […]Read On »

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