SUNNYSIDE: Diana Maria Riva chats about the new NBC comedy – Exclusive Interview

Diana Maria Riva as Griselda in SUNNYSIDE - Season 1 | ©2019 NBC/F. Scott Schafer

In NBC’s freshman Thursday-night comedy SUNNYSIDE, Kal Penn, who co-created the series with Matt Murray, plays Garrett Modi. After a very public humiliation and firing from his city council seat, Garrett winds up teaching a class that helps immigrants study for their American citizenship test. One of Garrett’s students is Griselda, played by Diana Maria Riva. Griselda has an unending supply of part-time gigs to make ends meet, including bartender, waitress and baseball stadium hotdog vendor. While Riva isn’t juggling as many simultaneous jobs as her SUNNYSIDE character, she works constantly. Her numerous film and TV credits include COMMON LAW, […]Read On »

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GRAND HOTEL: Demián Bichir chats about the American remake of the hit Spanish series – Exclusive Interview

Demián Bichir is Santiago Mendoza in GRAND HOTEL - Season 1 | ©2019 ABC/Ed Herrera

ABC’s new drama GRAND HOTEL, debuting Monday, June 17, is based on the Spanish series GRAN HOTEL. The original has been remade in a number of other countries around the globe, including Italy, Mexico, and Egypt. The American iteration, which has Eva Longoria as one of its executive producers, is set in Miami, Florida. Demián Bichir stars as patriarch Santiago Mendoza, owner of the Riviera Grand, billed as “the last family-owned hotel in Miami.” Santiago has his hands full with his family – his two grown children by his deceased first wife (played by Longoria in flashbacks), his current wife […]Read On »

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WGN AMERICA’S OUTSIDERS: Gillian Alexy, David Morse, Thomas M. Wright – exclusive interview

Gillian Alexy as G'Winveer in OUTSIDERS | © 2016 WGN America

In WGN America’s OUTSIDERS, the drama created by Peter Mattei airing Tuesday nights, the Farrell clan lives in a remote area of the Appalachian Mountains in Kentucky, as their families have for hundreds of years. A mining company is trying to force Wade Houghton, played by Thomas M. Wright, sheriff of the nearest small town, to get the Farrells off the mountain, but Wade is reluctant to do so. Meanwhile, Big Farrell, played by David Morse, has attempted to violently wrest leadership of his community from his mother. G’winn, the Farrell healer played by Gillian Alexy, is dealing both with […]Read On »

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ASCENSION star Brian Van Holt lifts off – Exclusive Interview

Brian Van Holt as Captain William Denninger in ASCENSION | ©2014 Syfy/Diego Uchite

Syfy’s miniseries ASCENSION, which runs in three two-hour blocks this week, is set in space – in the present. In creator Adrian Cruz’s premise, President Kennedy secretly authorized a project to send a number of people on what will be a hundred-year mission to reach the nearest inhabitable planet, which will be the salvation of the human race if Earth is destroyed by the nuclear threat that then seemed imminent. It’s now fifty years into the journey. The population aboard the Ascension has reached six hundred, though no one aboard has any contact with Earth or indeed even knows if […]Read On »

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THE BRIDGE star Demian Bichir seeks revenge on the FX drama – Exclusive

Demian Bichir as Marco Ruiz, Bruno Bichir as Sebastian Cerisola on THE BRIDGE | © 2014 Byron Cohen/FX Network

Complications abound in Season 2 of FX’s drama THE BRIDGE, Wednesdays at 10 PM. The series was developed for U.S. television by Elwood Reid & Meredith Stiehm, based on the Danish BRON, but this year, THE BRIDGE diverges greatly from its source material. In Season 1 of THE BRIDGE, Demian Bichir’s character, Mexican police detective Marco Ruiz, suffered the loss of his son at the hands of his murderous ex-partner. Marco’s quest for revenge has caused him to make a deal with one of Ciudad Juarez’s biggest crime lords. To hold up his end of the agreement, Marco must return […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: THE BRIDGE star Demian Bichir on the new FX series

Demian Bichir in THE BRIDGE - Season 1 | ©2013 FX/Frank Ockenfels

In THE BRIDGE, on FX Wednesdays at 10 PM,Juarez, Mexico homicide detective Marco Ruiz, played by Demian Bichir, finds himself teamed up with El Paso,Texas homicide detective Sonya Cross, played by Diane Kruger, when a murder case spans both their jurisdictions. The case turns out to be horrifyingly personal for Marco, and not just because of his emotional involvement with solving the crime. He also has a complicated family situation that is made considerably more fraught due to the investigation. THE BRIDGE is based on the Scandinavian series BRON, adapted for American television by BRIDGE executive producers Meredith Stiehm and […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: THE BRIDGE executive producer Elwood Reid talks about the future of the series

Diane Kruger and Demian Bichir in THE BRIDGE - Season 1 | ©2013 FX/Frank Ockenfels

On FX’s THE BRIDGE, currently in its first season Wednesday nights at 10,Juarez,Mexico police detective Marco Ruiz, played by Demian Bichir, and El Paso,Texas police detective Sonya Cross (Diane Kruger) are brought together by a murder case that literally is right in the middle of the bridge between their two jurisdictions. Things quickly become more complicated, with a seemingly unrelated smuggler’s tunnel and a past indiscretion of Marco’s tangling into events. Elwood Reid, whose past writer/producer credits include HAWAII FIVE-0, COLD CASE and CLOSE TO HOME, teamed up with Meredith Stiehm to adapt THE BRIDGE for FX, based on the […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: THE BRIDGE star Annabeth Gish on the new FX series

Annabeth Gish in THE BRIDGE - Season 1 | ©2013 FX/Frank Ockenfels

In FX’s freshman series THE BRIDGE, Wednesday nights at 10 PM, beleaguered Juarez,Mexico police detective Marco Ruiz (Demian Bechir) teams up with emotionally damaged El Paso,Texas police detective Sonya Cross (Diane Kruger) to solve crimes that straddle the border of their two towns and nations. Besides his massive on the job troubles, Marco has gotten into hot water with his wife (Catalina Sandino Moreno) by sleeping with wealthy Texas widow Charlotte Millwright, played by Annabeth Gish.Charlotte has her own border-crossing issues, namely a tunnel on her property that leads to Juarez, with dangerous parties on both sides wanting to use […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: Matthew Lillard crosses THE BRIDGE

Matthew Lillard in THE BRIDGE - Season 1 - "ID" | ©2013 FX/Byron Cohen

In THE BRIDGE, now in its first season on FX Wednesday nights at 10 PM,Juarez,Mexico police detective Marco Ruiz (Demian Bechir) and El Paso,Texas police detective Sonya Cross (Diane Kruger) wind up working together on a homicide case that spans both their jurisdictions. Matthew Lillard’s character, reporter Daniel Frye, is often more a hindrance than a help, partly because he’s unethical and partly because he starts out as an alcoholic drug user, though as of last week’s episode, he’s trying to clean up his act. California native Lillard has been in a wide variety of fare, mostly in feature films […]Read On »

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Interview: Mark Strong lets the LOW WINTER SUN set

Mark Strong as Frank Agnew in LOW WINTER SUN - Season 1 | ©2013 AMC/Frank Ockenfels 3

American television frequently remakes series that originated on British television: ALL IN THE FAMILY and THE OFFICE are two of the more successful examples. The crime drama LOW WINTER SUN, set and shot in Detroit, is a remake of the 2006 series of the same name that was set in Edinburgh, Scotland. What makes LOW WINTER SUN unusual is that Mark Strong, who starred in the first version, is recreating his role as Frank Agnew for AMC’s edition, which is airing its first ten-episode season Sunday nights at 10 PM. Frank a police detective who is coerced by a colleague, […]Read On »

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