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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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Anna Gunn Talks Gracepoint!

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Gracepoint’s (FOX, Thursdays, 9/8C) Anna Gunn, who won a couple Emmys for her turn as Skylar White on Breaking Bad, stars as Detective Ellie Miller, one of the detectives investigating the murder of a twelve-year old boy in the coastal town of Gracepoint. Not only is she investigating a horrific crime, she is doing so with the man who took the job she was promised. On top of that, she is a wife and mother to the dead boy’s best friend.

 

On October 16th, Gunn took part in a conference call Q&A to talk about Ellie Miller and Gracepoint. She talkedabout, among other things,  how her character changes over the course of the ten-episode mystery; how she approached the role, and how she chooses projects.

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Byron Minns and Kym Whitley chat about Black Dynamite

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Black Dynamite” is back for season 2 and opens Oct. 18, 2014 on Adult Swim!  The animated tv series is based on the 2009 movie “Black Dynamite”.  This action comedy-spoof follows ex-CIA agent and lady’s man Black Dynamite, who’s out to avenge the death of his brother against kung-fu masters, drug-dealing pimps and The Man. Voice talent features the original cast members Michael Jai White, Tommy Davidson, Kym Whitley, and Byron Minns reprising their  roles as Black Dynamite, Cream Corn, Honeybee, and Bullhorn, , respectively.   I had the opportunity to talk with Kym and Byron about the exciting upcoming season for “Black Dynamite.”

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Showrunner Greg Plageman chats about Person Of Interest

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“Person Of Interest” is back for season 4 with its premiere on September 23, 2014! As season 3 ended, the  “Machine team” were forced to take on new identities as they avoided the evil Samaritan. As showrunner Greg Plageman puts it, “It is a war between two machines.”  He further notes, “If those three seasons were about surveillance, we think this is the season about artificial intelligence.”  I caught up with Greg  to discuss this exciting new season of “Person Of Interest.”

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Amy Acker chats about Person Of Interest

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Skilled computer hacker Root (Amy Acker) had a rocky start with Sameen Shaw and the rest of the Machine Gang in season 1.  Later, she became a vital link to talking with The Machine.  As season 3 ended, she created seven blind spots in Samaritan, corresponding to seven separate identities to ensure survival of the team.  The team dispersed with their new identities.  As season 4 starts, Harold Finch lost his desire for the numbers and The Machine.  Root reignites that passion and meets up with the rest of the gang as new challenges await them. I chatted with Amy about her character and this current season of “Person Of Interest.”

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Intruders season 1 rewind. Executive producers Julie Gardner and Glen Morgan chat with EM

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Behind every good show, there is an executive producer. Let’s take a step back in time and look back at the roundtable interviews with Julie Gardner and Glen Morgan as they discuss season 1 of BBC America’s “Intruders”.

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Intruders season 1 rewind – James Frain chats with Eclipse Magazine

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“Intruders” Season 1 finished with its grand finale on October 11.  As a grand hurrah for a show that I followed every Saturday night on BBC America, here is the first of a 2 part recap of my interviews with cast and producers as we remember the first season of BBC America’s summer thriller.

The ruthless killer Richard Shepherd (James Frain) is one of Qui Reverti’s most trusted shepherds. As “Madison” continued to evade Richard, the mysterious shepherd prevailed in silencing threats and securing his own position.  James Frain talked with reporters during a roundtable to chat about the show.

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Director Michael Cuesta chats about Kill The Messenger

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It is 1996. Pulitzer prize winning journalist Gary Webb publishes “Dark Alliance”, which reveals that the CIA is secretly allowing major drug dealers to smuggle cocaine into the US and using  profits from those drug sales to fund arm rebels fighting in Nicaragua.  The government is not pleased.  Soon, the triumph becomes more than he bargains for.  No, this is not fiction.  This is real life.  Actor/producer Jeremy Renner leads an all star cast in this brilliantly made film directed by Michael Cuesta.  Michael took time to chat about “Kill The Messenger” which hit theatres on Oct. 10, 2014.

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Michael Emerson chats about Person Of Interest

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Billionaire software genius Harold Finch has a mission of preventing crime in New York City using social security numbers generated from The Machine.  However, he barely escapes with his own life in Season 3.  This season, he assumes a new identity as he tries to avoid the ever watchful eye of Samaritan.  Emmy award winner and Golden Globe nominee Michael Emerson took time to chat with me about his character and this current season of “Person Of Interest.” Continue reading

Gotham: A Cobblepot Conversation!

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Gotham (FOX, Mondays, 8/7C) was the most anticipated new show of the fall season – and the backstories of some of Batman’s most iconic foes was part of the reason for that.

 

One of the Dark Knight’s most iconic foes is The Penguin – Oswald Cobblepot, played in his embryonic state by Robin Lord Taylor – and the series has a genuinely unique on the future criminal mastermind. On Friday, Taylor spoke with a group of bloggers/journalists about the role – getting it; his sources of inspiration, what it’s like to work with some of his amazing co-stars.

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