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Judy Greer’s Still Having A Ball On Archer!

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Judy Greer is practically the definition of a working actor – she’s got 98 credits to her name, beginning with a small role on an Early Edition episode in 1997. Since then, she’s been pretty much a fixture in films big and small, and on television (usually in series that were brilliant but cancelled).

 

Since 2009, she’s voiced everyone’s favorite huffing firebug billionaire receptionist/country-singer-wannabe, Carol/Cheryl/Cherlene on TV’s best animated series, Archer (FX, Thursday, 10/9C). Recently, I had the pleasure of taking part in a conference call Q&A with Greer about what has turned into her longest-running gig. She was, as always, charming and enthusiastic.

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Rainn Wilson Says That Backstrom Is A Deeply, Deeply Sensitive Guy!

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FOX’s Backstrom (Thursdays, 9/8C) could be seen as Dr. Gregory House as a police detective, or he could be seen as Sherlock Holmes as Inspector Lestrade. Whatever the case, Detective Lieutenant Everett Backstrom is the misanthropic head of a team of detectives that tackles the crimes that must be dealt with fast.

In the Swedish novels on which the series is based, Backstrom’s one gift is taking credit for the achievements of his team. Here, however, despite his selfishness and detestation of people in general – and despite fact that his team could probably do the job without him – he is more brilliant than they are so it takes less time to close a case if he works on it (he still tries to do as little work as possible).

Rainn Wilson stars as Det.-Lt. Backstrom and was kind enough to speak about the show – and his character – with a group of journalists/bloggers late last week. He had some interesting things to say – to see how he arrived at the conclusion he made in our headline, follow the jump.

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Everyman Jay Baruchel Is Single And Searching On Man Seeking Woman!

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It’s a situation that’s familiar everyone of dating age – dumping/being dumped by someone and having to re-enter the dating pool. FXX’s Man Seeking Woman (Wednesdays, 10:30/9:30C)  is a surreal series that stars Jay Baruchel as Josh Greenberg, a 25-year old guy who’s in that exact spot.

 

Recently, Baruchel spoke with a group of journalists/bloggers, including Eclipse’s own Lora Bofill and me, about the show.

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Sam Lerner chats about Project Almanac

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Welcome to yesterday as  group of teens discover secret plans of a time machine, and construct one themselves. They go back in time to correct mistakes.  However, things start to get out of control and people are bound to be hurt.  Michael Bay‘s latest film “Project Almanac“, directed by Dean Israelite, is set to hit theatres on January 30.  I had the opportunity to chat with the talented Sam Lerner about his role as Quinn Goldberg, his acting career and “Project Almanac”.

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Archer’s Matt Thompson Talsk Season Six – Continuity, Drinking, The Baby, Drinking and ISIS No More!

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Archer (Thursdays, 10/9C) returns to FX this evening. Earlier I had the opportunity to sit in on a conference call Q&A session with Executive Producer Matt Thompson. Not unlike a lot of folks we talk with, Thompson doesn’t like to give too much away about what’s coming up in his show – but he does have fun talking about behind the scenes stuff (it’s almost awe-inspiring how many guest stars come to the show as a result of the sharing of alcohol at industry parties, for instance).

 

To be fair, Thompson is really good at teasing upcoming events of Archer (he could write tags for Marvel’s SHIELD, no problem). So we get to learn that some favorite characters (Bionic Barry, and sexy/deadly Katya) are returning and that we are finally going to meet Pam’s sister. We also learn about the importance of continuity – and the strange forms it takes.

 

It’s one of the more entertaining Q&As I’ve done. See what I mean following the jump.

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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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