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ABC Family’s Monica the Medium Talks To The Dead – And To Us!

MONICA THE MEDUIM - "Blind Date Surprise" - Monica Ten-Kate is a typical 21-year-old college junior, juggling studies, friends, family, bills and boys…all while communicating with the dead. “Monica the Medium,” premieres Tuesday, August 25th (8:00 PM ET/PT) on ABC Family. (ABC Family/Ken White) MONICA TEN-KATE
MONICA THE MEDUIM – “Monica the Medium,” premieres Tuesday, August 25th (8:00 PM ET/PT) on ABC Family. (ABC Family/Ken White)
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Monica Ten-Kate is just another typical girl going to college. She has friends, goes on dates, pulls all-nighters and hangs out with her roommates. The only thing that’s different about Monica is that she talks to dead people – and they respond! Not only that, but Monica is a real person and ABC Family’s new series, Monica the Medium (Tuesdays, 8/7C) is an hour-long, unscripted show that follows her through both sides of her life: the mundane and the supernatural.

Recently, Monica spoke with a group of bloggers/journalists about her life and her gift. It made for an interesting experience.

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Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll’s Elaine Hendrix Is a Rocker!

SEX&DRUGS&ROCK&ROLL - Pictured: Elaine Hendrix as Ava. CR. Danny Clinch/FX
SEX&DRUGS&ROCK&ROLL – Pictured: Elaine Hendrix as Ava. CR. Danny Clinch/FX

In FX’s rock&roll dramedy, Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll (Thursday, 10/9C), Ava (Elaine Hendrix) has been with Johnny Rock (Denis Leary) for decades – even though his insecurities and constantly fried state keep him from ever becoming successful. For one brief moment in the early nineties, his band The Heathens was the hottest ticket in New York – but he (and they) disintegrated on stage the night their one and only album dropped. Through all of the all-too-brief ups and all-too-many downs, she has been there for/with him.

This past Monday, I had the good fortune to take part in a conference call Q&A with Hendrix about the show and her character.
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The Strain’s Miguel Gomez Talks Redemption, Character and Being There!

THE STRAIN -- Pictured: Miguel Gomez as Augustin Elizade.  CR. Robert Sebree/FX
THE STRAIN — Pictured: Miguel Gomez as Augustin Elizade. CR. Robert Sebree/FX

Shortly after last week’s episode of The Strain (Sundays, 10/9C), Miguel Gomez – who plays Gus Elizalde, who inadvertently allowed the vampire apocalypse to begin – spoke with a group of journalists/bloggers about redemption; how Gus saw Vaun, and a lot more.

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Samantha Mathis Is On A Mission in FX’ The Strain!

THE STRAIN -- "Fort Defiance" -- Episode 203 (Airs July 26, 10:00 pm e/p) Pictured: Samantha Mathis as Justine Feraldo. CR: Michael Gibson/FX
THE STRAIN — “Fort Defiance” — Episode 203 (Airs July 26, 10:00 pm e/p) Pictured: Samantha Mathis as Justine Feraldo. CR: Michael Gibson/FX

Samantha Mathis’ Staten Island Councilwoman Justine Faraldo made a very impressive debut on FX’s hit series The Strain (Sundays, 10/9C) in the second season’s second episode – calling out the mayor of New York City; declaring Staten Island a infection-free zone and putting dead vampires on horrific display. This is a woman who is not to be trifled with!

Earlier this week, Mathis took some time from her shooting schedule to speak with a group of bloggers/journalist about Faraldo and the possibilities that lie ahead for her.

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Salem’s Seth Gabel & Tamzin Merchant On The Second Season’s Fiery Finale!

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Things are heating up in Salem (WGN America, Sundays, 10/9C) as second the season comes to a close – and especially so for Seth Gabel’s Cotton Mather and Tamzin Merchant’s Ann Hale.

Gabel and Merchant spoke to a group of journalists/bloggers about the season finale – teasing the emotionally fraught situation between Ann and Cotton, setting the stage for a third season and singing the praises of the actor who plays a certain creepiest-kid-in-the-world.

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AMC’s Humans’ Star William Hurt Talks Playing The Synths’ Co-Creator!

William Hurt as George - Humans _ Season 1, Episode 2 - Photo Credit: Colin Hutton/Kudos/AMC/C4
William Hurt as George – Humans _ Season 1, Episode 2 – Photo Credit: Colin Hutton/Kudos/AMC/C4

William Hurt is one of the most recognizable actors on the planet – and one of the best known mainstream stars to work a great deal in genre film. In AMC’s Humans (Sundays, 9/8C), he plays Dr. George Millican – one of the co-creators of the android/root servants called Synths.

Hurt spoke with a group of journalists bloggers about playing the character and what some of the ramifications of the existence of Synths might be – the ethical and practical possibilities.
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Gemma Chan – Anita on AMC’s Humans – Talks The Challenges of Playing a Synth!

Gemma Chan as Anita - Humans _ Season 1, Episode 1 - Photo Credit: Des Willie
Gemma Chan as Anita – Humans _ Season 1, Episode 1 – Photo Credit: Des Willie

When AMC’s Humans (Sundays, 9/8C) premieres on Sunday, we will meet an intriguing group of characters called Synths – androids that exist to help humans with all sorts of tasks.

Gemma Chan plays one such synth, the ethereally beautiful Anita, recently purchased by Joe Hawkins for his family – who may, or may not be something more.

Chan spoke with a group of bloggers/journalists earlier this week about the show and playing Anita.

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AMC’s Human’s Jonathan Brackley and Sam Vincent Talk Creating An alternate Present!

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AMC’s Humans (Sundays, 9/8C) is a new series that explores an alternate present in which the only significance difference is the presence of android/robot servants called Synths. The series explores ideas like whether technology brings us closer together or pushes us apart, and what is sentience and is machine sentience possible – couched in terms of a story that mixes genres from sci-fi to family drama to thriller.

Based on a Swedish series called Real Humans, Humans has been created for its English-speaking audience by Jonathan Brackley and Sam Vincent. During the week, they took some time to speak with a group of journalists/bloggers about the show on a conference call/Q&A session.

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Stars of AMC’s Humans – Katherine Parkinson and Tom Goodman-Hill – Talk The Family Drama Side of the Show!

Tom Goodman Hill as  Joe Hawkins and Katherine Parkinson as Laura Hawkins - Humans _ Season 1, Episode 8 - Photo Credit: Gary Moyes/Kudos/AMC/C4
Tom Goodman Hill as Joe Hawkins and Katherine Parkinson as Laura Hawkins – Humans _ Season 1, Episode 8 – Photo Credit: Gary Moyes/Kudos/AMC/C4

In AMC’s Humans (Sundays, 9/8C), Katherine Parkinson and Tom Goodman-Hill play Laura and Joe Hawkins, the working parents of three children. When Laura is away for work, Jo purchases a Synth to help deal with the overwhelming job of looking after the kids while also having a regular job to do – despite this not being approved of by Laura.

Parkinson and Goodman-Hill spoke with a group of bloggers/journalists about the show – and how the presence of a synth affects the family dynamic and changes their relationship. Continue reading Stars of AMC’s Humans – Katherine Parkinson and Tom Goodman-Hill – Talk The Family Drama Side of the Show!

Wayward Pines: M. Night Shyamalan on That WTF Moment and Why It Was Changed!

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After the tumultuous events of the show’s fifth episode, M. Night Shyamalan, executive producer on FOX’s Wayward Pines (Thursdays, 9/8C), spoke with a group of journalists/bloggers about thosee revelations and why they were made. He also teased the second half of the season (as much as he could).

If you’ve been DVRing the show, you might want to not follow the jump. There are key revelations in the conversation.

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Interview: Janet Montgomery chats about WGN’s Salem

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In “Salem“, the battle between Mary Sibley (Janet Montgomery) and Countess Marburg (Lucy Lawless) continues to heighten as Mary embraces her role as a mother. In the same token, John Alden (Shane West) is met with surprise as he reunites with Mary and realizes he has a son–with Mary.  Jealousy and betrayal continue to rear its ugly head in the city of Salem.  Janet Montgomery took time to talk with reporters about season 2 of “Salem”.

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