THE GIFTED: Creator Matt Nix on the Season 2 finale and more – Interview

Stephen Moyer as Reed Strucker and Amy Acker as Caitlin Strucker in THE GIFTED - Season 2 | ©2018 Fox/Matthias Clamer

As Season 2 of Fox’s Tuesday-night X-MEN-derived THE GIFTED hurtles towards its finale in two weeks, we check in with series creator Matt Nix on where it’s been, where it might be going, and why some things happen the way they do. ASSIGNMENT X: There are so many factions among both the humans and the mutants this season. Are you feeling like, “My God, we’re running out of places to put new factions”? MATT NIX: Actually, no. I mean, this season is really about factions. I don’t see the show as an infinite subdivision of factions. We wanted to do […]Read On »

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THE GIFTED: Executive producer-writer Melinda Hsu Taylor on Season 2 – Exclusive Interview

L-R: Skyler Samuels, Grace Byers, Emma Dumont, Percy Hynes White, Natalie Alyn Lind, Stephen Moyer, Amy Acker, Sean Teale, Blair Redford, Jamie Chung and Coby Bell in THE GIFTED - Season 2| ©2018 Fox/Justin Stephens

In Season 2 of Fox’s MARVEL’S THE GIFTED on Tuesday nights, the factions of superpowered mutants and non-powered but armed humans have multiplied. In the series created by Matt Nix, set in the X-MEN universe, we still have the Mutant Underground, mutants who are trying to keep the peace, and Sentinel Services, the human government arm tasked with suppressing any mutant activity deemed suspicious. Now there’s also the militant mutant group the Inner Circle, which wants to dominate or entirely eradicate regular humans, the violently anti-mutant human cadre the Purifiers, and the literally underground mutant community of Morlocks. Stuck in […]Read On »

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THE GIFTED: Skyler Samuels on Season 2 of the Marvel mutant series – Exclusive Interview

Skyler Samuels as Esme Frost in THE GIFTED - Season 2 | ©2018 Fox /Justin Stephens

In the first season of Fox Networks’s THE GIFTED, now in its second season on Tuesday nights, Skyler Samuels recurred, and recurred, and recurred. In Season 2, Samuels and her characters – identical mutant sisters Esme, Sophie, and Phoebe Frost – have been upped to series regulars. In THE GIFTED, which is set in the universe of Marvel Comics’s THE X-MEN, the telepathic Frost sisters can not only read minds, but put thoughts into the minds of others. They are part of the Inner Circle, a group of powerful mutants who want war with ordinary humans (as opposed to the […]Read On »

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THE GIFTED: Actors Jamie Chung and Blair Redford talk Season 2 – Exclusive Interview

Jamie Chung as Blink/Clarice Fong in THE GIFTED - Season 2 | ©2018 Fox/Justin Stephens

In Fox Network’s series THE GIFTED, which just returned for Season 2 , Jamie Chung and Blair Redford play one of the show’s power couples. Make that superpower couples. Chung’s Clarice Fong, aka Blink, can open portals that allow travel from one place to another. Redford’s John Proudstar, aka Thunderbird, is an ex-Marine who is almost indestructible and has super-strength and heightened senses. In the X-MEN-derived series, developed for TV by Matt Nix, both John and Clarice are part of the Mutant Underground, the more pacifistic mutant organization operating in secrecy during a period of human intolerance. (The more violent, […]Read On »

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THE GIFTED: Actor Amy Acker talks a family of mutants – exclusive interview

Amy Acker in THE GIFTED | © 2018 Fox

In Season 2 of THE GIFTED, Tuesday nights on Fox, the Strucker family is more beleaguered than ever after finding that teen children Lauren (Natalie Alyn Lind) and Andy (Percy Hines White) have extremely strong superpowers in Season 1. Lauren is now determined to help with Mutant Underground rescue operations, while Andy has taken up with the violent faction the Hellfire Club. Dad Reed (Stephen Moyer) is grappling with his own newly-discovered powers. This leave mom Caitlin Strucker, played by Amy Acker, as the lone regular human in the clan. Acker is no stranger to genre television, having had series […]Read On »

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THE GIFTED: Natalie Alyn Lind chats Season 2 of Marvel X-Men series – Exclusive Interview

Natalie Alyn Lind as Lauren Strucker in THE GIFTED - Season 2| ©2018 Fox/Justin Stephens

In Season 2 of THE GIFTED, Tuesday nights on Fox Networks, things are getting worse in mutant-human relations. In the series developed by Matt Nix, based on the Marvel X-MEN comics, mutants have been made to register with the U.S. government. At the start of Season 1, only mutants who used their powers (even those who did so inadvertently) were arrested, but now anti-mutant prejudice is much worse. Natalie Alyn Lind plays Lauren Strucker, a teen who has the ability to create flexible but impenetrable barriers out of thin air. Her younger brother Andy (Percy Hynes White) can make almost […]Read On »

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THE GIFTED: Actress Emma Dumont talks about Polaris on Season 2 – Exclusive Interview

Emma Dumont plays Polaris/Lorna Dane in THE GIFTED - Season 2 - "coMplications" | ©2018 Fox/Justin Stephens

When the first season of Fox Networks’s THE GIFTED ended in May, the super-powered mutants of the X-MEN universe were bitterly divided. Some continue to want to make peace with the increasingly hostile human population, while others seek to put mutants first by violent means. When THE GIFTED Season 2 premieres on Tuesday, September 25, Emma Dumont’s metal-manipulating character Lorna Dane, aka Polaris, is solidly in the latter camp. Polaris brought down a private airplane containing a sadistically anti-mutant scientist. This commitment to the cause has made Emma decide to leave her pacifist lover Marcos, aka Eclipse (Sean Teale), even […]Read On »

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THE GIFTED: Amy Acker talks about Season 1 and reflects on ANGEL – Exclusive Interview

Amy Acker as Caitlin Strucker in THE GIFTED – Season 1 | ©2017 Fox/Ryan Green

THE GIFTED had its two-hour first-season finale this week on Fox, but Marvel mutant fans should not fear, though. Matt Nix’s narrative about a superpowered group resisting an oppressive government has been picked up for a second season. Amy Acker stars in THE GIFTED as Kate Strucker, a married mother of two whose life has recently been turned upside down. Kate, a nurse, is happily married to Reed (Stephen Moyer), who has prosecuted mutants whose powers have been used for destruction. Then Kate and Reed find that both of their teen children, Lauren (Natalie Alyn Lind) and Andy (Percy Hynes […]Read On »

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THE GIFTED: Creator Matt Nix on Marvel’s TV mutants – Exclusive Interview

Sean Teale, Jamie Chung, Blair Redford, Emma Dumont, Percy Hynes White, Amy Acker, Stephen Moyer, Natalie Alyn Lind and Coby Bell in THE GIFTED – Season 1 | ©2017 Fox/Miller Mobley

THE GIFTED is currently in its first season on Fox, Monday nights. Matt Nix, creator of BURN NOTICE, adapted the project for television. THE GIFTED is set in Marvel’s X-Men universe, but the X-Men are nowhere to be found. Mutants are banding together against persecution by Sentinel Services, an arm of the government that “detains” anyone who does anything that might be construed as abuse of power. Ordinary humans Reed (Stephen Moyer) and Kate Strucker (Amy Acker) are astonished when both of their adolescent children, Lauren (Natalie Alyn Lind) and Andy (Percy Hynes White), suddenly demonstrate their mutant powers in […]Read On »

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THE GIFTED: Emma Dumont on playing Polaris on Season 1 – Exclusive Interview

Emma Dumont is Polaris/Lorna Dane in THE GIFTED - Season 1 | ©2017 Fox/Ryan Green

In THE GIFTED, Fox Network’s Monday night series about superpowered mutants on the run from the authorities, Emma Dumont plays Lorna Dane, aka Polaris. Polaris is a famous figure in Marvel Comics (Marvel is a participant in the series), but when she started, Dumont wasn’t aware of the extent of Polaris’ metal-manipulating abilities. Matt Nix, who created and show-runs THE GIFTED, tells a story about Dumont during a Fox-sponsored Q&A session for the show. “In the pilot, there’s a scene where she’s moving cars around [at a distance, using her powers]. As scripted, she actually didn’t stop bullets. [But when] […]Read On »

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