MR. ROBOT: Rami Malek on USA’s surprise hit series – interview

Rami Malek as Elliot Alderson in the USA series MR. ROBOT | © 2015 David Giesbrecht/USA Network

In USA’s freshman hit series MR. ROBOT, Rami Malek stars as Elliot Alderson. Elliot is a socially isolated, brilliant computer hacker who joins the team founded by the mysterious title character, played by Christian Slater, to take down corporations and change the social order. Malek, a native of Los Angeles, had his first onscreen role in THE GILMORE GIRLS. Since then, he’s been in series including THE WAR AT HOME, 24 and THE PACIFIC, and features including LARRY CROWNE, NEED FOR SPEED, OLDBOY and SHORT TERM 12, as well as the NIGHT AT THE MUSEUM and TWILIGHT franchises. Created by […]Read On »

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Interview: Jessica St. Clair plays house on PLAYING HOUSE

Lennon Parham and Jessica St. Clair in PLAYING HOUSE - Season 1 | ©2014 USA Network/Rodolfo Martinez

In USA’s new half-hour comedy PLAYING HOUSE, Tuesdays at 10 PM, Jessica St. Clair plays successful business executive Emma Crawford. Emma intends to spend just a short time in her hometown visiting lifelong best friend Maggie, played by Lennon Parham, but when it turns out that Maggie’s husband Bruce (Brad Morris) is cheating on his very pregnant wife, Emma opts to stick around and help Maggie with the soon-to-arrive baby. Parham and St. Clair created PLAYING HOUSE together; earlier, they had created and starred in BEST FRIENDS FOREVER at USA’s sister network NBC. St. Clair, who just had a recurring […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: NECESSARY ROUGHNESS star Mehcad Brooks scores

Mehcad Brooks in NECESSARY ROUGHNESS - Season 1 - "Losing Your Swing" | ©2011 USA Network/Richard DuCree

In USA’s NECESSARY ROUGHNESS, Wednesdays at 10 PM, psychotherapist Dan Santino (Callie Thorne) finds herself drawn into the world of professional sports when she’s asked to treat star wide receiver Terrence “T.K.” King, played by Mehcad Brooks. NECESSARY ROUGHNESS represents some job security for the Texas-born Brooks, who played the ill-fated Eggs on Season Two of HBO’s TRUE BLOOD. He then portrayed a lawyer in ABC’s THE DEEP END, which ran for thirteen episodes, and then played both the teen version and the adult version of a high school jock turned U.S. soldier in Afghanistan in MY GENERATION, which was […]Read On »

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TV Review: NECESSARY ROUGHNESS – Season One – “Pilot”

Callie Thorne in NECESSARY ROUGHNESS - Season 1 | ©2011 USA Network/Justin Stephens

Stars: Callie Thorne, Marc Blucas, Mehcad Brooks, Scott Cohen, Patrick Johnson, Hannah Marks Writers: Liz Kruger & Craig Shapiro Director: Kevin Dowling Network: USA, Wednesdays @ 10 PM Airdate: June 29, 2011 USA’s new series NECESSARY ROUGHNESS (which has nothing, outside of football, in common with the 1991 feature of the same name starring Scott Bakula) fits in with the network’s lineup of quirky professionals taking quirky jobs. Indeed, the show has a modestly original premise – certainly no one is going to come away grumbling, “Oh, not another dramedy about a therapist treating professional sports figures!” Based on the […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: COVERT AFFAIRS star Sendhil Ramamurthy becomes a different hero

Sendhil Ramamurthy in COVERT AFFAIRS - Season 1 - "Around the Sun" | ©2011 USA Network/Steve Wilkie

On USA’s COVERT AFFAIRS, now in its second season Tuesdays at 10 PM, Piper Perabo stars as Annie Walker, a relatively new CIA operative. One of her coworkers is more experienced espionage worker Jai Wilcox, played by Sendhil Ramamuthy. The Chicago native was already part of the NBC/Universal family due to his four years as Dr. Mohinder Suresh on HEROES, where his character was dealing with a lot of daddy issues even before he started to get scaly and super-strong. COVERT AFFAIRS allows Ramamurthy to do a number of things that HEROES did not – for starters, he gets to […]Read On »

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