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M. Night Shyamalan Talks the Whys and Wherefores of Wayward Pines!

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M. Night Shyamalan, at his best, has given us twisty horror (The Sixth Sense) and possibly the best superhero origin story so far (Unbreakable). While his love of twist endings may have led to some (much) less successful movies, he has always produced films that weren’t pale imitations of what was already out there.

His new event series for FOX, Wayward Pines (Thursdays, 10/9C) – based on the novels by Blake Crouch (which I have not read – premieres tomorrow night and, while it might evoke echoes of The Prisoner or Twin Peaks, is a different animal completely. Recently Shyamalan spoke with a group of bloggers/journalist about the event series and why he decided to do it. He was completely charming (check out the wexchange with the moderator at the end of the call) and engaging throughout.

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Enter The Ogre: Milo Ventimiglia On Gotham’s Newest Villain!

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When Gotham returns tomorrow night (FOX, 9/8C), James Gordon will face a new kind of threat – a serial killer called the Ogre – who’s never been properly investigated because he’s gone after the loved ones of any cop who’s tried.

Last week, Milo Ventimiglia took some time to chat with a group of bloggers/journalists about his guest-starring role on this week’s episode of Gotham (FOX, Mondays, 9/8C), Beasts of Prey.

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Why Are Becki Newton and Zachary Knightson Weird Loners?

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Weird Loners (Tuesdays, 9:30/8:30C) premieres tonight. It’s a series about four individuals who find themselves unable to form satisfying long-term relationships for various and sundry reasons (usually having to do with them being, yes, a tad bit weird and maybe a bit on the offputting side).

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Bones’ Stephen Nathan Talk Cyndi Lauper, Pregnancy, Show-Related Ick And More!

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When Bones returns tomorrow night (FOX, Thursdays, 8/7C), it brings the reappearance of Cyndi Lauper’s psychic Avalon Harmonia – though she’s not visiting the Jeffersonian to help with the (as usual) messy case of the week. Nor is she there with warnings of tough times ahead for Booth (David Boreanaz).

Last week, Emily Deschanel and series showrunner Stephen Nathan did touch on those topics – as well as the continuing excellence of the technicians who create all those icky bodies and more – during a conference all Q&A with a number of bloggers/journalists.

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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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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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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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Video: Boyhood’s Richard Linklater and Ellar Coltrane On Making A Movie Over Twelve Years!

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Richard Linklater’s critically acclaimed film Boyhood is tearing up the awards circuit – in large part due to its innovative approach to telling the story of a family, with scenes shot across twelve years.

IFC Films has released video of an interview with Linklater and Ellar Coltrane, the boy in Boyhood, and it’s fascinating stuff. Check it out after the jump.

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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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