BRITBOX: Network President Soumya Sriraman on the U.S. streaming service and more – Exclusive Interview

BRITBOX Network President Soumya Sriraman | courtesy of Britbox

Launched in 2017, Britbox is a streaming service dedicated to bringing the best of BBC and ITV fare to the United States. Soumya Sriraman (first name rhymes with “home ya” and surname is pronounced Sree-rah-man), President of Britbox North America, sits down for an extensive discussion of the company that brings an enormous amount of British television to U.S. viewers. ASSIGNMENT X: What made U.K. TV networks BBC and ITV decide to join hands and create Britbox? SOUMYA SRIRAMAN: It kind of had to be done. The thing that both BBC and ITV have done for a long time is […]Read On »

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DA VINCI’S DEMONS: Creator David S. Goyer on the final season – Exclusive Interview

Tom Riley in DA VINCI'S DEMONS - Season 3 | ©2015 Starz

The third and final season of Starz’s DA VINCI’S DEMONS, Saturdays at 8 PM, sees Leonardo Da Vinci, still a relatively young man played by Tom Riley, making weapons of war to defend Italy from the Turks. David S. Goyer, who created DA VINCI’S DEMONS and is one of the executive producers, originally turned over the show-running reins for the third season to John Shiban because he was up to his eyebrows in other projects, including writing the screenplay for the much-anticipated BATMAN V. SUPERMAN and creating/running NBC’s CONSTANTINE, the TV series adaptation of D.C. Comics’ HELLBLAZER. However, as Goyer […]Read On »

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DA VINCI’S DEMONS: Actor Tom Riley on the final season and DOCTOR WHO – Exclusive Interview

Tom Riley in DA VINCI'S DEMONS - Season 3 | ©2015 Starz

DA VINCI’S DEMONS, the brainchild of series creator David S. Goyer, begins its third and final season on Starz Saturday, October 24. Tom Riley stars as the legendary historical inventor and artist Leonardo Da Vinci, who as a young man has quite a few adventures. Season 3 sees him making some surprising new alliances as the Turks threaten Da Vinci’s native Italy. Riley, an Englishman whose work includes the films I WANT CANDY and MONROE, is in a garden at the Beverly Hills Four Seasons Hotel, where he talks about DA VINCI and more. ASSIGNMENT X: Going into Season 3, […]Read On »

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TV Review: DOCTOR WHO – Series 9 Premiere – “The Magician’s Apprentice” and “The Witch’s Familiar”

Peter Capaldi is the Doctor and Jenna Coleman is Clara Oswald in DOCTOR WHO - Season 9 | ©2015 BBC/BBC Worldwide/Simon Ridgway

Stars: Peter Capaldi, Jenna Coleman, Michelle Gomez Writer: Steven Moffat Director: Hettie Macdonald Original Telecast: September 19th & 26th, 2014 Network: BBC America The first season of DOCTOR WHO where a new regeneration of The Doctor is introduced is always a bit of a dicey phase. The Doctor is never really who is he is going to be with his new face, and you kind of have to get around all of the more unstable parts of his personality post regeneration. Having said that I did enjoy Peter Capaldi’s first season as the new 12th Doctor. The writing wasn’t completely […]Read On »

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TV Review: DOCTOR WHO – Series 8 Finale Part 2 – “Death in Heaven”

The Cybermen in DOCTOR WHO - Series 8 - "Death in Heaven" | ©2014 BBC/BBC Worldwide/Adrian Rogers

Stars: Peter Capaldi, Jenna Coleman Writer: Steven Moffat  Director: Rachel Talalay  Original Telecast: November 8, 2014 Network: BBC America Once again I find myself faced with writing a review of DOCTOR WHO and having to drop all kinds of spoilers to do an effective job. I usually shy away from spoilers, but I just have so many questions buzzing around in my head after “Death in Heaven” that I have to bring up things that we game changing, or even just confusing in this season’s finale. Again, let’s just start with Danny Pink (Sam Anderson) is dead. Still dead that […]Read On »

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TV Review: DOCTOR WHO – Series 8 Finale Part 1– “Dark Water”

DOCTOR WHO - SERIES 8 - "Dark Water" poster | ©2014 BBC/BBC Worldwide

Stars: Peter Capaldi, Jenna Coleman Writer: Steven Moffat Director: Rachel Talay Original Telecast: November 1, 2014 Network: BBC America Ordinarily with my DOCTOR WHO reviews I try to avoid spoilers, but with everything that happens in “Dark Water” I really feel the need to actively discuss the major plot points that are big game changers for everyone’s favorite Timelord. Let’s just start with Danny Pink (Sam Anderson) is dead. That’s where the episode begins and I know it’s supposed to be a huge emotional moment, but Danny just hasn’t had enough going for him to make me care that he […]Read On »

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TV Review: DOCTOR WHO – Series 8 – “Mummy on the Orient Express”

Frank Skinner as Perkins in DOCTOR WHO - Series 8 - "Mummy on the Orient Express" | ©2014 BBC/BBC Worldwide/Adrian Rogers

Stars: Peter Capaldi, Jenna Coleman Writer: Jamie Mathieson Director: Paul Wilmshurst Original Telecast: October 11, 2014 Network: BBC America “Mummy on the Orient Express” is yet again an excellent episode of the 12th Doctor’s (Peter Capaldi) new tenure on DOCTOR WHO. Following the events of the meltdown at the end of “Kill the Moon” it appears that the time has come for The Doctor and Clara (Jenna Coleman) to go their separate ways. So one last trip to somewhere nice is in order. That somewhere nice, and oh yes exotic, happens to be the Orient Express. In space. So it’s […]Read On »

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TV Review: DOCTOR WHO – Series 8 – “Kill the Moon”

Hermione Norris as Lundvik in DOCTOR WHO - Series 8 - "Kill the Moon" | ©2014 BBC/BBC Worldwide/Adrian Rogers

Stars: Peter Capaldi, Jenna Coleman Writer: Peter Harness Director: Paul Wilmshurst Original Telecast: October 4, 2014 Network: BBC America The Doctor (Peter Capaldi) and Clara (Jenna Coleman) find themselves with student Courtney Woods (Ellis George) on a trip to the moon in this week’s new DOCTOR WHO episode “Kill the Moon.” Once there they are of course drawn into a conundrum with spider-like creatures that effectively kill anything they see and an enormous mystery involving the moon itself, and why it suddenly has gravity and is wreaking havoc on Earth as a result. The Doctor is extremely gruff and detached […]Read On »

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TV Review: DOCTOR WHO – Series 8 – “Time Heist”

Peter Capaldi as The Doctor in DOCTOR WHO - Series 8 | ©2014 BBC/BBC Worldwide/Adrian Rogers

Stars: Peter Capaldi, Jenna Coleman Writer: Steven Moffat & Steve Thompson Director: Douglas Mckinnon    Original Telecast: September 20, 2014 Network: BBC America I’ll admit that I was surprised to see the negative press rolling out of the UK about this latest episode of DOCTOR WHO, before it aired over here. “Time Heist” isn’t the strongest episode of this new series, but it was enjoyable and I’m really not sure where all of the anger is coming from. Basically the setup involves The Doctor (Peter Capaldi) and Clara (Jenna Coleman) trying to break into the most heavily secured bank in the known […]Read On »

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TV Review: DOCTOR WHO – Series 8 – “Listen”

Peter Capaldi in DOCTOR WHO - Series 8 - "Listen" | ©2014 BBC/BBC Worldwide/Adrian Rogers

Stars: Peter Capaldi, Jenna Coleman, Samuel Anderson Writer: Steven Moffat Director: Douglas Mckinnon   Original Telecast: September 13, 2014 Network: BBC America Steven Moffat is a master of the DOCTOR WHO scare episode. He has a unique ability to create new foes for The Doctor that make your hackles go up, and make you want to hide behind the couch the same way you did when you were a kid watching the classic WHO serial “The Brain of Morbius.” First he gave us the Weeping Angels in “Blink”. Then we had to contend with the Vashta Nerada in “Silence in […]Read On »

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