9-1-1: Co-creator Tim Minear talks the new Fox drama – exclusive interview

Peter Krause, Oliver Start and Aisha Hinds in 911 | © 2018 Fox

9-1-1, Fox Network’s drama about first responders airing Wednesday nights, has already been renewed for a second season. The series follows a team of police, headed up by Angela Bassett’s Athena Grant (Bassett is also one of 9-1-1’s executive producers), a squad of firefighters led by Peter Krause’s Bobby Nash, and an emergency call center, where we focus on operator Abby Clark, played by Connie Britton. 9-1-1 is created by the prolific trio of Brad Falchuk, Tim Minear and Ryan Murphy. Murphy and Falchuk have together authored numerous series under the banner of Ryan Murphy Television; Minear has previously worked […]Read On »

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PRISON BREAK: Actor Rockmond Dunbar on the Fox revival – interview

Rockmond Dunbar as C-Note in PRISON BREAK | © 2017 Fox

PRISON BREAK is back on Fox on Tuesday nights for a nine-episode arc. The series, about devoted brothers Michael Scofield (Wentworth Miller) and Lincoln Burrows (Dominic Purcell) ended after four seasons in 2009 with Michael’s apparent death. In the revival, Lincoln learns that Michael is alive in a Yemen prison and recruits many of their old friends and frenemies to help break him out. Rockmond Dunbar reprises his role as Benjamin Miles “C-Note” Franklin, who is now an imam, a Muslim minister. Dunbar was in half of the original PRISON BREAK series. The Berkeley native has also had regular and […]Read On »

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Donal Logue walks the GOTHAM beat – Interview

Ben McKenzie and Donal Logue in GOTHAM - Season 1 | ©2014 Fox/Michael Lavine

On Fox’s GOTHAM, Monday nights at 8 PM, we are in DC’s BATMAN universe. However, right now, Bruce Wayne (David Mazouz) is still a youth who is only beginning to contemplate how he may fight crime in the city of his birth. For now, trying to uphold the law falls to Gotham City police detective Jim Gordon (Ben McKenzie), an upright soul in the midst of profound corruption. A prime – albeit likable – example of this corruption can be found right at Gordon’s side in the person of his police partner Harvey Bullock, played by Donal Logue. Harvey has […]Read On »

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TV Review: GOTHAM – Season 1 – “Pilot” – Series Premiere

Robin Lord Taylor, Jada Pinkett Smith, Erin Richards, Zabryna Guevara, Donal Logue, Ben McKenzie, Cory Michael Smith, Camren Bicondova, David Mazouz and Sean Pertwee in GOTHAM - Season 1 | ©2014 Fox

Stars: Ben McKenzie, David Mazouz, Donal Logue, Jada Pinkett Smith, Zabryna Guevara, Sean Pertwee, Robin Taylor, Erin Richards, Camren Bicondova, Cory Michael Smith Writer: Bruno Heller, based on the DC Comics character created by Bob Kane and Bill Finger Director: Danny Cannon Network: Fox, Mondays @ 8 PM Original Airdate: September 22, 2014 Up until now, the DC comics universe on television has primarily been the province of The CW (and the WB before it) and animation. Now Fox brings forth GOTHAM, a series about the early days of Bruce Wayne (David Mazouz) as a brooding teenager, before he becomes […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: LAST RESORT creator Shawn Ryan gives the scoop on the show’s finale

A scene from one of the last episodes of LAST RESORT on ABC | (c) 2013 ABC/MARIO PEREZ

Producer/writer Shawn Ryan had seven years on FX with his creation THE SHIELD, the award-winning drama about a very dirty LAPD detective. He also had four seasons as executive producer of THE UNIT, about a U.S. special forces team. His most recent series, 2010’s detective show TERRIERS for FX and 2011’s exploration of the intersection between police and city government THE CHICAGO CODE for Fox, were both likewise powerful shows, but both wrapped up after 13 episodes. LAST RESORT, the ABC drama Ryan co-created with Karl Gajdusek, wraps up its thirteen-episode run this Thursday at 8 PM. The series concerns […]Read On »

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TV Review: LAST RESORT – Season 1 – “Captain” – Series Premiere

Camille De Pazzis, Sahr Ngaujah, Autumn Reeser, Jessy Schram, Scott Speedman, Andre Braugher, Daniel Lissing, Daisy Betts, Dichen Lachman in LAST RESORT - Season 1 | ©2012 ABC/Craig Sjodin

Stars: Andre Braugher, Scott Speedman, Daisy Betts, Robert Patrick, Dichen Lachman, Daniel Lissing, Sahr Ngaujah, Autumn Reeser, Jessy Schram, Omid Abtahi, Darri Ingolfsson Writers: Karl Gajdusek & Shawn Ryan, series created by Shawn Ryan & Karl Gajdusek Director: Martin Campbell Network: ABC, Thursdays @ 8 PM Original Airdate: September 27, 2012 In its opening episode “Captain,” LAST RESORT blends the best of several worlds – and not just the interior of a submarine, a lush tropical island (played by Hawaii) and the political trenches of Washington, D.C., although those are its primary settings. LAST RESORT’s basic premise is that the […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: Tim Minear on the end of THE CHICAGO CODE and what Season 2 might have been

Jason Clarke, Jennifer Beals and Matt Lauria in THE CHICAGO CODE - Season One | ©2010 Fox Broadcasting Co./Justin Stephens

  THE CHICAGO CODE was a wonderful, unconventional police drama, created by Shawn Ryan, which ran its full thirteen-episode arc this year on Fox and then was canceled. Tim Minear, one of the show’s executive producers/writers who worked with Ryan last year on FX’s arguably even more wonderful TERRIERS, gives us an exit interview on CODE about how it worked and where it might have gone had it lasted another season. ASSIGNMENT X: How far ahead of the final episode airing did you know that CHICAGO CODE was not coming back? MINEAR: We didn’t really know officially until around the […]Read On »

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Fox’s new series THE CHICAGO CODE changed its title because the show changed

Jason Clarke, Jennifer Beals and Matt Lauria in THE CHICAGO CODE - Season One | ©2010 Fox Broadcasting Co./Justin Stephens

While speaking at today’s Winter TCA tour in Pasadena, CA, Fox’s THE CHICAGO CODE creator and executive producer Shawn Ryan reveals that the original concept of the show changed dramatically from when the pilot was picked up. “I wanted it to be about more than police officers,” he admits. “It became much more than I originally intended.” The original concept revolved around police officers on ridealongs, and through further development it became a multi-layered story about cops who are fighting crime and corruption in the city of Chicago. This also resulted in the re-titling of the series from RIDEALONG to […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: Tim Minear talks DRIVE, TERRIERS and more – Part 3

Mircea Monroe, Riley Smith, Melanie Lynskey, Emma Stone, Dylan Baker, Kristin Lehman, Nathan Fillion, Rochelle Aytes, Taryn Manning, Michael Hyatt, Kevin Alejandro and JD Pardo in DRIVE | ©Fox

Tim Minear created the Fox series DRIVE, which followed the participants in a secret, cross-country, high-stakes road race. DRIVE aired four episodes in April 2007, then was canceled with several completed episodes unaired. In the concluding portion of our exclusive three-part interview, Minear talks about DRIVE and the differences between running a show solo and in collaboration with creative partners. ASSIGNMENT X: As far as running your own show, working with Joss Whedon, working with Shawn Ryan – do you have a preference between being the person in charge, like you were on DRIVE, or working in collaboration? TIM MINEAR: […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: Tim Minear chats about DOLLHOUSE and what Season 3 could have been – Part 2

DOLLHOUSE - Season Two poster | ©2009 Fox

Tim Minear served as consulting producer on Season One of DOLLHOUSE and executive producer, with creator Joss Whedon, on Season Two of the short-lived Fox series. DOLLHOUSE, which starred Eliza Dushku as the eventually self-aware Echo, concerned a secret business wherein human “dolls” had their original personalities wiped, to be replaced by whatever sort of persona (spy, lover, mother) high-paying clients wanted for short-term engagements. Minear wrote and directed the episodes “Getting Closer” and “Omega,” and scripted “Belle Chose” and “True Believer.” In Part Two of our exclusive interview, he talks about what might have happened had DOLLHOUSE had a […]Read On »

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