THE REAL O’NEALS: exclusive interview with Todd Holland

Bebe Wood as Shannon O'Neal and Martha Plimpton as Eileen O'Neal in THE REAL O'NEALS | © 2016 Jack Rowand/ABC

In ABC Network’s new half-hour comedy THE REAL O’NEALS, fourteen-year-old Kenny (Noah Galvin) comes out as gay to his very religious mother Eileen (Martha Plimpton) and police officer father Pat (Jay R. Ferguson). To his shock, Kenny learns his parents are separating, older brother Jimmy (Matt Shively) is obsessed with losing weight for his wrestling team and sister Shannon (Bebe Wood) steals things. No wonder Kenny sees Jesus – he is in need of more-than-human help. THE REAL O’NEALS, which premieres its first two episodes Wednesday March 2 before moving into its regular Tuesday-night slot next week, was adapted for […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: HANNIBAL news on Season 1, Season 2 and beyond from showrunner Bryan Fuller

Hugh Dancy, Laurence Fishburne and Mads Mikkelsen in HANNIBAL - Season 1 | ©2013 NBC/Robert Trachtenberg

HANNIBAL series creator Bryan Fuller says people should definitely tune into tonight’s episode, “Releves,” which airs tonight, Thurs. June 13, on NBC at 10 PM. “Episode Twelve, the penultimate episode, is so fantastic, because all of these threads – we land the plane on so many issues and really kind of deliver what’s going on and what Hannibal’s plan is and Will is figuring it out. So many dangling story issues get resolved or addressed in the penultimate episode of the season, and then all of that gets spiked in the finale.” HANNIBAL is based on the character created by […]Read On »

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TV Review: GO ON – Season 1 – “Pilot”

Matthew Perry in GO ON - Season 1 - "Pilot" | ©2012 NBC/Jordin Althaus

Stars: Matthew Perry, Laura Benanti, Julie White, John Cho Writer: Scott Silveri, series created by Scott Silveri Director: Todd Holland Network: NBC, Tuesdays Original Airdate: August 8, 2012 As Los Angeles Times reviewer Mary McNamara just observed, television has done very well with both psychotherapy (FRASIER, THE BOB NEWHART SHOW) and Matthew Perry (FRIENDS) in the half-hour comedy genre. Putting the two together seems like a good idea. The first twist in GO ON is that Perry’s character, snarky and closed-off radio sportscaster Ryan, is a patient rather than the therapist, which works very well. When we meet Ryan, his […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: FREE AGENTS helmer Todd Holland on the new NBC comedy series

Hank Azaria and Kathryn Hahn in FREE AGENTS | ©2011 NBC

In NBC’s Wed. 8:30 PM half-hour comedy FREE AGENTS, adapted from a British series of the same name (which airs Saturdays on BBC America), Hank Azaria plays Alex, who is absolutely miserable about his divorce. His friend Helen, played by Kathryn Hahn, is still reeling from the death of her fiancé. Alex and Helen wind up sleeping together, which Alex thinks might be a good first step, but Helen considers it disastrous, particularly because they both work together at a corporate PR firm. Todd Holland, a producer/director who famously shepherded MALCOLM IN THE MIDDLE, serves as the directing executive producer […]Read On »

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TV Review: FREE AGENTS – Season 1 – “Pilot” – Series Premiere

Hank Azaria and Kathryn Hahn in FREE AGENTS - Season 1 - "Pilot" | ©2011 NBC/Mitchell Haaseth

Stars: Hank Azaria, Kathryn Hahn, Mo Mandel, Al Madrigal, Natasha Leggero, Anthony Head, Joe Lo Truglio Writers: John Enbom & Chris Niel Director: Todd Holland Network: NBC, Wednesdays @ 9:30 PM Airdate: September 14, 2011 The U.S.networks continually make American versions of shows that do well in their home countries, with Great Britain being a favorite venue for acquiring fare for adaptation. On the successful end, there’s THE OFFICE. On the other end, there’s COUPLING. FREE AGENTS is somewhere on this scale, but it starts out with a lot of promise. Not only does it have a great cast, led […]Read On »

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Interview: Tyler Labine talks RISE OF THE APES and the fall of REAPER – Part 2

Tyler Labine in REAPER | ©ABC Studios

Canadian born Tyler Labine, known to REAPER fans as the plain-spoken and often peculiar Sock, brings his sarcastic yet likable chops to the new CBS sitcom MAD LOVE. He plays a very different character in the upcoming feature film RISE OF THE APES, and is happy to discuss all of the above in Part 2 of our two-part interview. ASSIGNMENT X: Do you feel like you put a lot of yourself into the characters that you play? TYLER LABINE: I don’t believe that you can create a character without putting a lot of yourself into it. That’s impossible, but I […]Read On »

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Interview: Tyler Labine finds MAD LOVE – Part 1

Tyler Labine in MAD LOVE | ©2011 CBS/Matthias Clamer

In MAD LOVE (created by Matt Tarses), premiering tonight on CBS at 8:30 pm, Jason Biggs and Sarah Chalke play Ben Parr and Kate Swanson, who essentially fall in love at first sight. Their respective best friends, Tyler Labine’s Larry Munsch and Judy Greer’s Connie Grabowski, on the other hand, fall into sharp-tongued mutual irritation that may or may not mask genuine attraction to one another. Canadian born Labine, known to REAPER fans as the plain-spoken and often peculiar Sock, brings his sarcastic yet likable chops to MAD LOVE’s Larry. He plays a very different character in the upcoming feature […]Read On »

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