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Al Sapienza chats about SyFy’s Ascension

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In 1963, the U.S. government launched a covert space mission sending hundreds of men, women and children on a century-long voyage aboard the starship Ascension to populate a new world. Nearly 50 years into this journey, a young woman is murdered.  As unrest starts to develop, it causes the ship’s population to question the true nature of their mission. This mystery drama comprised of 6 one hour long episodes. The show is created by showrunner/executive producer Philip Levens and Adrian A. Cruz. Al Sapienza plays Councilman Rose, one of the leaders on the ship.  I had the chance to chat with him about Ascension which premieres on Syfy on Monday, Dec. 15 at 9/8c.

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The 200th in the 10th – Bones’ Showrunner Stephen Nathan Talks Milestone!

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Doing a conference call Q&A with Bones showrunner Stephen Nathan, solo, still feels a bit odd. Once again, we were talking to him without the show’s creator, Hart Hanson – and Nathan’s riffing partner – present (Hanson, of course, is working away on FOX’s Backstrom – a series he also created).

 

Other than that, it was business as usual as Nathan talked about FOX’s most durable and dependable series – and the show’s milestone 200th episode.

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Sons Of Anarchy’s Jimmy Smits Teases Series Finale And Nero’s Journey!

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FX’s hit series Sons of Anarchy closes down shop tomorrow night (10/9C) for the last time and late last week, Jimmy Smits took part in a conference call Q&A session to talk about the final season of Sons Of Anarchy and how Nero had gone from a character with a few episodes to making it to the end, ‘but maybe not the end end.’

 

Smits, who has several memorable roles over the years – from NYPD Blue’s Det. Bobby Simone to Dexter’s sociopathic Miguel Prado – talked about how he came to SOA and how pleased he was to have made such a substantial contribution to series’ mythology.

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Leighton Meester and Gillian Jacobs and director/writer Susanna Fogel chat about Life Partners

 

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Sasha (Leighton Meester) and Paige (Gillian Jacobs) are BFF’s forever.  Nothing can ever get between them.  Then Tim (Adam Brody) steps in.  Suddenly their friendship is tested as Paige gets serious with a guy for the first time.  During a recent roundtable with reporters, I had the pleasure of chatting with stars Leighton Meester and Gillian Jacobs and director/writer Susanna Fogel about LIFE PARTNERS.

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Tommy Davidson chats about Black Dynamite

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BLACK DYNAMITE is slowly approaching the end of Season 2.  Of course, I couldn’t just end Season 2 without one more interview from one of the many talented cast members of this hilarious show.   Black Dynamite (Michael Jai White) is still the tall, dark and handsome hero saving the day accompanied by his faithful posse  Bullhorn (Byron Minns), Cream Corn (Tommy Davidson), and Honeybee (Kym Whitley).

I had an incredible conversation with both Michael Jai White and Tommy Davidson about “Black Dynamite”.   Although we don’t have that conversation on video, I was able to relay some of that conversation through another fantastic interview with Tommy Davidson!

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Music composer Chris Lennertz chats about music for Horrible Bosses 2

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The bumbling trio Nick Hendricks (Jason Bateman), Dale Arbus (Charlie Day), and Kurt Buckman (Jason Sudeikis) are back! This time, they have become their own bosses in their own company. Unfortunately, the rug is pulled out from under them from investor Bert Hanson (Christopher Waltz). To regain control of their company, they hatch a plan to kidnap Mr. Hanson’s son Rex (Christopher Pine). During their misadventures, they once again deal with former bosses Dr. Harris (Jennifer Anniston) and Dave Harken (Kevin Spacey), and fast talking Dean MF Jones  (Jamie Foxx).

Grammy Award winner Christopher Lennertz, music composer for both Horrible Bosses 1 and 2, took time to chat with us about the music for this film.

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Meet Harvey Dent: Gotham’s Nicholas D’Agosto Talks Coin Flipping ADA!

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Gotham (FOX, Mondays, 9/8C) is one of the season’s most consistently performing new series. The story of the Gotham City between the time Bruce Wayne’s parents are murdered and Batman first appears is the story of a city falling apart. Only a few members of the GCPD aren’t corrupt; organized crime has taken firm root, and the city’s most colorful characters are on the wrong side of the law.

 

Detective James Gordon is beginning to have an effect on his precinct, but real progress is still a ways off. Enter Harvey Dent – the man who begins as a lawyer in the District Attorney’s office and will rise to the become District Attorney before a mob boss scars his face with acid and takes on the guise of Two-Face.

 

Nicholas D’Agosto takes on the role of Harvey Dent this week on Gotham and D’Agosto spoke to a group of journalists on Friday about taking on this iconic role.

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Sloane Morgan Siegel chats about Gortimer Gibbon’s Life on Normal Street

 

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“Gortimer Gibbon’s Life On Normal Street” follows the zany adventures of Gortimer Gibbon (Sloane Morgan Siegel) and his two best friends Ranger (Drew Justice) and Mel (Ashley Boettcher) in their “ordinary life” on Normal Street.  But life is anything but normal. With a hint of magic hidden in that quiet suburb, they encounter “arctic sludge, mind erasers, fatal amphibians, rogue robots,” and more. This coming-of-age series, created by writer David Anaxagoras premieres November 21, Friday on Amazon Prime Time Video. I had the chance to chat with rising young star Sloane Morgan Siegel about his role as Gortimer on “Gortimer Gibbon’s Life On Normal Street”.

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Jay Johnston, Frank Collison, and Kaitlyn Robrock chat about Adult Swim’s Mr. Pickles

 

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As this season progresses, the show continues to follow Tommy Goodman and his “loveable” dog Mr. Pickles as they encounter all sorts of people in the good old fashioned town polluted by modern society.   Unbeknownst to Tommy and his parents, Mr. Pickles has an evil streak that only Grandpa seems to see.  I had the opportunity to speak with talented and hilarious voice actors Frank Collison, Jay Johnston, and Kaitlyn Robrock about their roles and “Mr. Pickles”.

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Brad Carter chats about FX’s “Sons Of Anarchy”

 

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FX’s Sons Of Anarchy is back for season 7!  This season begins ten days later with Jax in jail on a parole violation and dealing with the loss of the woman he loved.  He then plans for complete and merciless retribution with the support of the outlaw motorcycle club (MC).  The illegal arms business hidden behind the guise of the automotive shop continues to be driven by the seduction of money, power, and blood. As the last season of this popular show, be prepared for anything.

Jax tries to ally with Ron Tully (Marilyn Manson), a shot caller for Aryan Brotherhood who is currently incarcerated by trying to meet Leland Gruen (Brad Carter), the right hand of Ron Tully.  I had the opportunity to chat with Brad about his current role on “Sons Of Anarchy” and his upcoming role on “Ascension”.

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Melissa Joan Hart Talks Halloween on Melissa & Joey!

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This year, ABC Family’s Melissa & Joey’s Halloween episode (Tonight, 8/7C) is doing a bit of a time warp and getting all Sabrina The Teenage Witch – right down to guest starring Beth Broderick, who played Sabrina’s Aunt Zelda on the show.

Late last week, Melissa Joan Hart, who directed the special, sat down to talk with a group of fans and bloggers about the episode.

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