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The Following’s Kevin Bacon: Gwen Is The Right Woman For Ryan!

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Ever since The Following (FOX, Mondays, 9/8C) premiered, Ryan Hardy has had the worst luck with women – his biggest foe’s ex-wife; a reporter writing an exposé; a secret follower of Joe’s…

When Kevin Bacon spoke with a group of journalists/bloggers last week, one of the questions was about his new flame, Gwen (played by the lovely Zuleikha Robinson). Among the many things Bacon had to say about the new season, one of the most prominent was that Gwen is (finally) the right woman for him.

He also spoke about being drawn to darker material where the stakes for the characters he plays are higher, and whether various of the characters he’s dealt with are more dangerous. As usual, he was sharp, charming and fun to chat with.

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Archer’s Aisha Tyler Talks Being a Spymom and More!

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Archer’s Lana Kane has had to work through some horrendous missions while pregnant and now, in season six of Archer (Thursdays, FOX, 10/9C), she’s a working mom in a workplace where no one is anywhere near what you might describe as a good babysitter. Even better, this week, she gets to introduce the father of her child, Sterling Archer, to her parents

Last week, a group of bloggers/journalists got to chat with Aisha Tyler about Lana trying to handle life and work as a working mother – and tease the upcoming meeting between Archer and her parents. While we were sitting in our homes/offices, Tyler spoke with us from her car. It was interesting…

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Ari Stidham chats about CBS’s “Scorpion”

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Scorpion is loosely based on the life of real life genius and computer expert Walter O’Brien.  In the series, O’Brien (Elyes Gabel) and his genius friends are  recruited by Homeland Security as a line of defense to solve complex global high-tech threats and save lives. This team of brilliant misfit prodigies consists of O’Brien’s best friend and genuis statistician Sylvester Dodd (Ari Stidham) aka “The Human Calculator”,  Happy Quinn (Jadyn Wong) aka “mechanical prodigy”, and Toby Curtis (Eddie Kaye Thomas) a “world-class shrink”. Paige Dineen (Katharine McPhee) is a former waitress whose intuitive interaction with people translates the real world to the team.  Ari Stidham is here to chat with Eclipse Magazine about his role as Sylvester and this amazing show.

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We Have Not Seen The Last of Fish Mooney – Jada Pinkett-Smith on Gotham!

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Jada Pinkett-Smith is in the enviable/unenviable position of playing the only major character on FOX’s Gotham (Mondays, 8/7C) that is not from the Batverse. That’s unenviable because there’s absolutely reference for her in preparing for the role, but enviable because she has been able to create her own character (with series creator Bruno Heller and his writers room).

Recently, Pinkett-Smith took part in a conference call Q&A with a group of bloggers/journalists and, among other things, talked about that very subject.

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Jordan Hayes chats about SyFy’s Helix

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The team of scientists from the CDC are back for season 2.  They left the blistery cold Artic and the Narvak virus behind them, only to be thrown in the trenches 15 months later when they are once again summoned to investigate a new virus in the remote island of St. Germaine.  Meanwhile, the elusive but dangerous immortal group Ilaria continues to loom in the background. Jordan Hayes, who plays the pregnant CDC researcher Dr. Jordan Hayes, joins Eclipse Magazine to talk about her acting career and the tv show “Helix”.

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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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