If there are two roles that have served notice more blatantly, that Elijah Wood is more than Frodo, they would be Sin City’s serial-killing Kevin and Wilfred’s (FXX, Wednesdays, 10/9C) Ryan – and Ryan has been around for considerably longer, taking advice from a dog, so probably more influential.
Now having finishing shooting the show’s fourth and final season, Wood spent some time talking with a group of bloggers/journalists about Ryan’s progress, saying goodbye to the sow’s family of cast and crew and having gotten to take Bear home with him – also, the Basement lives on!
The Bridge (FX, Wednesday, 10/9C) is an unusual series, taking, as it does, Mexican/American relations down to a two-city representative sample – a sample that is further deepened by the cities involved, Juarez and El Paso, not quite being typical cities of either country.
Then those relations are taken down to an individual level – El Paso Detective Sonya Cross and Chihuahua State Police officer Marco Ruis. She has Asberger’s, which makes things a bit awkward except for solving crimes; he’s an honest cop in a corrupt environment – also the source of some tension in his life.
Diane Kruger returns to The Bridge for the show’s second season, this week and recently took some time from shooting to chat with a group of journalists/bloggers. Though she was unexpectedly called back to set early, there was enough time for us to dig into season two.
FXX’s Wilfred premieres its final season this evening (10/9C) and late last week, we had the pleasure of taking part in a conference call Q&A with series creator/star, Jason Gann.
Creatively, the series may have been a bit too far into the absurd to maintain a large audience, but it was always thought provoking and smart – something that continues, and remains hard to explain in a sentence (‘It’s about a depressed guy who gets life lessons from a selfish dog with a short attention span who is played by a guy in an obviously fake dog suit’ doesn’t even begin to capture the wonder and the weirdness that is Wilfred). Gann, as usual, was smart and genial – and we wouldn’t be surprised to see Wilfred reappear in some other incarnation at some nebulous point in the future. For now, it is what it is – and that is hugely entertaining.
Adam Baldwin plays the second in command, Executive Officer (XO) Mike Slattery on Michael Bay’s new TNT series, The Last Ship (Sundays, 10/9C). Besides having a ton of genre cred (Day Break, Chuck, Firefly/Serenity), Baldwin brings a wealth of experience to the role from working with directors like Robert Redford and Stanley Kubrick.
When Baldwin took the time to speak with a group of journalists/bloggers recently, he proved to be a genial, intelligent and insightful interview. He is just as cool as you’d think he’d be.
Rhona Mitra brings a certain cachet to TNT’s The Last Ship (Sundays, 10/9C), the new series from Michael Bay as an actor with a wealth of genre experience (Strike Back, Doomsday, Stargate Universe). She plays a scientist, virologist Dr. Rachel Scott, who is on a classified mission on a U.S. Navy destroyer when a new virus strikes down 80% of the world’s population – and she might be able to find a cure.
Recently, Mitra spoke with a group of bloggers/journalist about working on the Michael Bay series (explosions!).
Fargo’s (FX, 10/9C) Lorne Malvo is unique amongst the ranks of movie and TV antagonists. He comes out of nowhere, disappears like a wraith and can spend six months building an alter ego and a relationship to get a particular job done. He can kill with an assortment of weapons, but can do as much psychological dame with words – and he loves to mess with people’s heads.
Billy Bob Thornton has done an incredible job of making this trickster/force of nature come alive over the show’s first season and graciously took some time to speak with a group of journalists/bloggers from as far away as Tel Aviv about the season finale and playing Malvo.
Tonight is final episode of the first season of Fargo (FX, 10/9C) – and quite possibly the last time we’ll see Molly and Gus, one of the most unusual and interesting couples to ever have to solve a multiple homicide. Together, Molly and Gus nicely balance the scales for deadly trickster Lorne Malvo and gone-to-the-dark-side Lester Nygaard.
For one last time, Allison Tolman and Colin Hanks talked to a group of bloggers/journalists about the series and their experiences working on it.
Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey (Fox, Sundays, 9/8C; National Geographic, Mondays, 9/8C) concludes its season this evening. As with the original series, twenty-four years ago, this iteration has been a joyous exploration of the universe – reinvesting the increasing search for and appreciation of scientific knowledge with the kind of sense of wonder that put people on the moon and created powerful computers you can carry in your pocket.
On Friday, writer/producer/director Ann Druyan and host/astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson spoke with a group of bloggers/journalists about the series – not so much about this evening’s finale, but about their aims and goals for the series; their thoughts on what it might have accomplished, or will yet accomplish.
For those who want more, the DVD/Blu-Ray release contains a lot of material that had to be pruned from the series for time, and will be available on Tuesday, June 10th.
Actor Brendan Fehr plays former army medic turned doctor “Drew” in NBC’s latest medical drama “Night Shift”. Brendan’s standout performance in the popular tv show “Roswell” earned him a loyal fan base.
FX’s hit series Fargo (Tuesdays, 10/9C) is set in a very specific world – one that was created by Joel and Ethan Coen in their brilliant film of the same name. We not only gave the series an A+ grade (which it has maintained through eight episodes, counting tonight’s), we said, ‘You won’t believe it’s not The Coen Brothers!’
The creator of the network’s ‘true crime’ series, Noah Hawley, spoke with a group of bloggers/journalists about the show – where the idea came from, how he came to cast Allison ‘Molly Solverson’ Tollman, the state of television today and so much more – including the possibility of a second season. Please note that are some serious spoilers for tonight’s interview in the interview, so if you don’t want to be spoiled, check it out after tonight’s episode.
When we talked with 24: Live Another Day’s (Fox, Mondays, 9/8C) Evan Katz and Manny Coto, they pretty much admitted that Yvonne Strahovski’s CIA Agent Kate Morgan was a take on a young, female Jack Bauer.
On Friday, Strahovski talked with a group of bloggers/journalists about that – among other things – and teased Morgan’s having to team up with Bauer on tonight’s episode. Also, after the jump, a brief video looking at Kate Morgan.