Katie Couric to Host AMERICA INSIDE OUT on the NGC

Katie Couric NatGEO America Inside Out (Photo iTunes-Apple)

By: Valerie MIlano

Hollywood, California (The Hollywood Times) 4/11/2018 – “Don’t say anything. Play along. Keep your head down.”– AIO interview subjects on workplace inequities.

Series premieres on Wednesday, April 11th, 2018 on the National Geographic Channel. Continue reading “Katie Couric to Host AMERICA INSIDE OUT on the NGC”

ONE STRANGE ROCK Set to Blast Off from the Launch Pad at the End Of March!

Nicole Scott, Jeff Hoffman, Leland Melvin, Mike Massimino, Peggy Whitson, Jerry Lineger, Chris Hadfield, Arif Nurmohamed, Jane Root, Darren Aronofsky, Ari Handel and Mae Jemison
National Geographic ‘One Strange Rock’ TV show panel, TCA Winter Press Tour, Los Angeles, USA – 13 Jan 2018 (Photo: David Buchan/Variety/REX/Shutterstock)

By Valerie Milano

Pasadena, CA (The Hollywood Times) 3/25/18 – “The fabric of the universe is here.”–Astronaut Jerry Linenger on space flight

Picasso once said, “Learn the rules like a pro so you can break them like an artist.”

The National Geographic Channel will be doing this soon with the new ten-part series ONE STRANGE ROCK hosted by Will Smith that was filmed on six continents in 45 countries as well as from outer space.  Continue reading “ONE STRANGE ROCK Set to Blast Off from the Launch Pad at the End Of March!”

Marcia Clark Investigates The First 48 on A+E

 

By: Dr. Laura Wilhelm

 

Hollywood, California (The Hollywood Times) 3/21/2018 “The investigator stands in the shoes of the victim.”–Marcia Clark

A+E is leading the “reality revolution” with remarkable shows like MARCIA CLARK INVESTIGATES THE FIRST 48. The quest for truth always resonates with American audiences! Though these aren’t always the easiest stories to tell, they remain some of the most intriguing.

Marcia Clark (Photo Wikipedia)

For 13 years, A+E’s series THE FIRST 48 has followed homicide detectives in realtime during the first 48 hours of an investigation. If detectives do not get a solid lead within that timeframe, their chances of solving the crime are cut in half.

Now, with the help of expert prosecutor and former defense attorney Marcia Clark, A+E and ITV Entertainment will be delving into the first 48 hours of some of America’s most shocking, unresolved, and controversial cases. Clark joined a panel along with executive producers David Eilenberg and Russell Muth on Sunday, January 14th at the 2018 Winter Press Tour panel held at the Langham Hotel in Pasadena to discuss her contribution to THE FIRST 48 series.

Audience members wondered whether Clark had been influenced by excellent AMERICAN CRIME STORY series produced by FX that featured football legend O.J. Simpson, whom Clark prosecuted, during its celebrated first season. Clark replied, “It happened when it happened, but I would have done it 20 years ago!”

“I’ve been a true crime addict since I was four years old. I was a weird kid,” admitted Clark. “Who did it, why did they do it, how do you get the bad guy, how do you make sure the wrongfully convicted are acquitted, I was always looking for justice.”

Marcia Clark was full of praise for actress Sarah Paulson’s performance on the FX series, saying that Paulson “was somehow, without ever meeting me, able to deliver to you how it felt to be me. Amazing!”

In addition to interrogations in the courtroom, Clark has also had quite a bit of experience with interviews for the TV cameras. She claims to prefer ignoring the TV cameras and just focusing upon the task at hand.

Russell Muth said that as a real-life attorney, Marcia Clark was always extremely well prepared, making her one of the most amazing talents he had ever worked with. In addition to being a great listener, she was able to hold her own against bullies and stay alive on set. Clark’s ability to empathize also shines through the whole series according to David Eilenberg.

This is the first time that A+E has applied the notion of “the first 48” to an active reinvestigation of old cases. Sometimes the tiniest technical details can open up enormous insights!

But burnout can happen even after an attorney has won. “You get that one case where you just can’t take it. You just don’t want to do this anymore,” said Clark.

Clark’s active sense of humor might allow her to be a sitcom star should her day job cease to interest her. She claims to love silly shows like John Lithgow’s TRIAL & ERROR that spoof her high-octane line of work. But “I never get sick of crime!” she said.

Marcia Clark’s real-world legal credentials should make her very attractive to audiences that are always clamoring for more quality crime shows. She enjoyed working on less notorious cases for THE FIRST 48 series since she felt they would be a good learning experience for its audiences.

So let us salute Marcia Clark’s much-lauded concern for the truth as the launch date for THE FIRST 48 approaches on Thursday, March 29th. The two-hour episodes will unroll for seven weeks on a nonstop roller coaster ride of crime solving!

Clark will re-examine cases that include the death of Casey Anthony’s daughter Caylee; the murder of actor Robert Blake’s wife Bonny Lee Bakley; the disappearance of Drew Peterson’s wife Stacy; the death of Federal Bureau of Prisons intern Chandra Levy; the fatal shooting of Run D.M.C member Jam Master Jay; the Billionaire Boys Club’s obsession with money and power that may have turned to homicide; and the suspicious death of Rebecca Zahau at the Spreckels Mansion. So put on your thinking cap and prime your VCR!

THE TERROR Comes to AMC! March 26th

THE TERROR Comes to AMC! Series premieres March 26th at 9/8c

By: Laura Wilhelm

2017 Winter TCS press tour 1/9/17 Pasadena, California. (Photo by Maarten de Boer/Getty Images Portrait)

Stunning visuals and astounding effects will soon bring Ridley Scott’s THE TERROR, a speculative retelling of an actual two-ship Royal Naval expedition trying to find the Northwest Passage that went missing in the Arctic in the 1840s, to life on AMC.

On Saturday, January 13th a 2018 TCA Winter Press Tour panel convened at the Langham Hotel in Pasadena to discuss this innovative series.

Present were executive producers and co-showrunners David Kajganich and Soo Hugh along with cast members Jared Harris, Tobias Menzies, Nive Nielsen, and Adam Nagaitis.

Thanks to global warming, these two ships which had been lost in the Arctic for nearly 170 years were recently discovered!  Ten hours hardly seems like enough to tell this fascinating story based upon the best-selling book by Dan Simmons that Stephen King himself described as “a brilliant, massive combination of history and supernatural horror.”

In a way THE TERROR is a horror show with characters you care about being caught in an impossible situation.  They have to do what they cannot do!  And the most horrifying monster among them may be themselves.

So what happened to the 120 crew members missing from the two ships?  “They’re living in Palm Springs!” said Jared Harris to general laughter.

 

Try to guess where this Arctic adventure was filmed!  The surprising answer: Budapest.  In the Arctic, the cameras would have frozen on the spot.  The Croatian island of Pag doubled for King William Island.

“And we really drag the boats over those rocky islands,” said Jared Harris.  “Yeah.  Do it again!”

The claustrophobic shipboard spaces of THE TERROR make the show seem almost like a stage play.  “You develop a way of becoming private in public,” said Adam Nagaitis.  “You have to find a new space in your mind they can’t visit.”  Despite having to live in such close quarters, the cast of THE TERROR managed to have a great time pretending they were at summer camp.

Greenlandic singer/songwriter Nive Nielsen auditioned for THE TERROR while she was on tour in Europe!  She was glad to be cast as she is native Inuit who studied anthropology.  According to Soo Hugh, they did a global search for her role as Lady Silence since it was so important to find an Inuit actress.

Other Inuit collaborators did their part to make the program seem as authentic as possible.  Its supernatural features are borrowed from Eskimo mythology.  The Inuktitut language agglutinates so heavily that one word can have at least 20 letters, making even transliterated line readings a real challenge.

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In his 1851 mega-classic MOBY DICK, Herman Melville also spoke of the terror on the high seas.  For those who have yet to finish this literary masterpiece, THE TERROR may fill the bill.  Watch for it on AMC!

ROSEANNE Revived!

By Judy Shields

Pasadena, CA (The Hollywood Times) 3/6/18 – Loyal fans of the family comedy ROSEANNE, which ran from 1988 to 1997, will be glad to hear that the hilarious Conner clan will soon be back with a complete original cast, returning guest stars, and some new series regulars on ABC!  Roseanne Barr herself took center stage along with executive producers Tom Werner, Bruce Helford, and Whitney Cummings and co-stars John Goodman, Laurie Metcalf, Sara Gilbert, Michael Fishman, Lecy Goranson, Sarah Chalke, Emma Kenney, Ames McNamera, and Jayden Rey at a TCA Winter 2018 Press Tour panel held on Monday, January 8th, 2018 at the Langham Hotel in Pasadena. Continue reading “ROSEANNE Revived!”

Ireland’s STRIKING OUT to be Aired on Acorn

Amy Huberman At Acorn TV ‘Striking Out’ TV show panel, TCA Winter Press Tour, Los Angeles

By Valerie Milano

Pasadena, CA (The Hollywood Times) 2/23/18 – Just in time for St. Paddy’s Day, Ireland’s #1 drama STRIKING OUT (Series 2) will come to Acorn TV on Friday, March 16th, 2018.  The six-episode series follows attorney Tara Rafferty as she strikes out on her own with a private practice after finding her fiancé and another woman in bed.  Series stars Amy Huberman and Neil Morrissey, who play Tara Rafferty and her mentor Vincent Pike, were introduced by Matt Graham at a TCA Winter 2018 press tour panel taking place on Monday, January 15th, 2018 at the Langham Hotel in Pasadena.

Amy Huberman “just wanted a job” when she took the wide-ranging role of Tara Rafferty.  Her brother is also an actor in their small but scenic country.  “I felt like a tourist sometimes, but it was lovely to work at home [in Ireland],” Huberman said. Continue reading “Ireland’s STRIKING OUT to be Aired on Acorn”

LIVING BIBLICALLY to Air on CBS

By Valerie Milano

Pasadena, CA (The Hollywood Times) 2/18/18 – Who in our modern age is able to live Biblically?  David Koresh (featured in WACO)?  Sister Helen Prejean (featured in DEAD MAN WALKING)?  People like these probably occupy opposite poles of the spectrum. Continue reading “LIVING BIBLICALLY to Air on CBS”

THE LOOMING TOWER Comes to Hulu!

Joel Stillerman 2018 Winter TCA Tour – Day 11

By Valerie Milano

Pasadena, CA (The Hollywood Times) 2/12/18 – Joel Stillerman of Hulu introduced a lively panel that included actors

Jeff Daniels, Tahar Rahim, Wrenn Schmidt, and Peter Sarsgaard; director and executive producer Craig Zisk; writer and executive producer Dan Futterman; and executive producer Alex Gibney at the TCA Winter 2018 press tour event for THE LOOMING TOWER conducted on Tuesday, January 14th at the Langham Hotel in Pasadena.  Also present was Lawrence Wright, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of THE LOOMING TOWER: AL-QAEDA AND THE ROAD TO 9/11 (the book upon which the Hulu series was based).  Continue reading “THE LOOMING TOWER Comes to Hulu!”

LOVE & HATE CRIME To Premiere in February on Investigative Discovery

Ben Steele, Series Director, Love & Hate Crime, Margaret Baker, Crime Reporter, The Sun Herald, Heidi Beirich, Intelligence Project Director, Southern Poverty Law Center from ‘Love & Hate Crime’ onstage during the Investigation Discovery portion of the Discovery Communications Winter TCA Event 2018 at the Langham Hotel on January 12, 2018 in Pasadena, California.
(Jan. 11, 2018 – Source: Amanda Edwards/Getty Images North America)

By Valerie Milano

Pasadena, CA (The Hollywood Times) 2/9/18 – “All of us here, obviously, would like to believe that Dr. Martin Luther King was correct when he said the arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends towards justice.  We would all like to believe that we are moving toward a more compassionate society, but are we really?” asked Henry Schleiff, group president of Investigative Discovery, American Heroes Channel, and Destination America at the TCA Winter 2018 press tour panel convened on Friday, January 12th, 2018 at the Langham Hotel in Pasadena to discuss LOVE & HATE CRIME.  Also present on the panel were series director Ben Steele; crime reporter Margaret Baker; and Southern Poverty Law Center Intelligence Project Director Heidi Beirich. Continue reading “LOVE & HATE CRIME To Premiere in February on Investigative Discovery”

Won’t You Be My Neighbor?  MR. ROGERS’ NEIGHBORHOOD Turns 50 in February!

In This Photo: Ellen Doherty, Nicholas Ma, JoAnn Young, David Newell
(L-R) Ellen Doherty, executive producer, Actor David Newell, JoAnn Young, producer, and Nicholas Ma speak during the 2018 Winter Television Critics Association Press Tour at The Langham Huntington, Pasadena on January 17, 2018 in Pasadena, California.
(Jan. 16, 2018 – Source: Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images North America)

By Valerie Milano

Pasadena, CA (The Hollywood Times) 2/3/18

It’s You I Like!  PBS Remembers Mr. Rogers

“Attitudes are caught, not taught.”–Fred Rogers

The gentle ghost of Fred Rogers was resurrected at a TCA Winter 2018 press tour panel taking place on Wednesday, January 17th, 2018 at the Langham Hotel in Pasadena.  Present were Ellen Doherty, head of production for the Fred Rogers Company and executive producer for MISTER ROGERS: IT’S YOU I LIKE;JoAnn Young, producer and writer; David Newell (aka Mr. McFeely); and pianist Nicholas Ma (son of famed cellist Yo-Yo Ma).  Continue reading “Won’t You Be My Neighbor?  MR. ROGERS’ NEIGHBORHOOD Turns 50 in February!”

OUR CARTOON PRESIDENT Takes On the State of the Union!

‘Our Cartoon President’ Trailer: ‘Fox & Friends’ Applauds Showtime

By Valerie Milano

Pasadena, CA (The Hollywood Times) 2/2/18 – OUR CARTOON PRESIDENT is an adult animated satirical television series from Showtime created by Stephen Colbert, Chris Licht, Matt Lapin, Tim Luecke, and R.J. Fried based upon a recurring segment from Colbert’s late night talk show.  It is set to premiere on Sunday, February 11th, 2018. Continue reading “OUR CARTOON PRESIDENT Takes On the State of the Union!”

Gilded is not golden!

During PBS’ AMERICAN EXPERIENCE “The Gilded Age” session at the Television Critics Association Winter Press Tour in Pasadena, CA on Tuesday, January 16, 2018, Associate Professor of History at the College of Holy Cross Edward T. O’Donnell, author and Professor of History Emerita at Princeton University Nell Irvin Painter, writer Mark Zwonitzer and series executive producer Mark Samels investigate the economic transformation of the nation during the so-called “Gilded Age,” an era thirty years after the Civil War that created stark new divides in wealth, class and opportunity.
(Premieres February 6, 2018)
(Credit: Rahoul Ghose/PBS)

Premieres on PBS THE GILDED AGE

By Valerie Milano

Pasadena, CA (The Hollywood Times) 1/31/18 – TNT’s smash hit drama series  is set during The Gilded Age, the closing decades of the nineteenth century.  This was a time when the population of the United States doubled in the span of a single generation with resultant social disparities that plague our nation even today.  The uber-rich flourished alongside boys who were so poor that they had to become prostitutes. THE ALIENIST Continue reading “Gilded is not golden!”

WACO Launches on the New Paramount Network

MELISSA BENOIST at Waco Show Panel at TCA Winter Press Tour in Pasadena 01/15

By Valerie Milano

Pasadena, CA (The Hollywood Times) 1/22/18 – Paramount discussed the launch of their new cable network and true crime series WACO at a panel convened on Monday, January 15th, 2018 at the Langham Hotel in Pasadena.  Kevin Kay introduced Keith Cox, President of Development and Production for Paramount Network, TV Land, and CMT; talents Taylor Kitsch, Paul Sparks, Andrea Riseborough, Melissa Benoist, Julia Garner, and Rory Culkin; Gary Noesner, the FBI’s lead hostage negotiator; David Thibodeau, a Branch Davidian member and survivor of the Waco tragedy; and John Erick Dowdle and Drew Dowdle, executive producers for WACO. Continue reading “WACO Launches on the New Paramount Network”

THE ALIENIST Premieres on TNT

Daniel Brühl, Dakota Flanning, Luke Evans. Daniel Brühl, from left, Dakota Flanning and Luke Evans cast members in the TNT series ‘The Alienist’ pose for a portrait during the 2018 Television Critics Association Winter Press Tour at the Langham Hotel, in Pasadena, Calif
2018 Winter TCA – “The Alienist” Portrait Session, Pasadena, USA – 11 Jan 2018 (Credit: Photo by Willy Sanjuan/Invision/AP/REX/Shutterstock)

By Valerie Milano

Pasadena, CA (The Hollywood Times) 1/22/18 – Sarah Aubrey introduced the TNT panel convened to discuss THE ALIENIST on Thursday, January 11th, 2018 at the Winter TCA Press Tour taking place at the Langham Hotel in Pasadena.  Present were cast members Daniel Brühl, Luke Evans, and Dakota Fanning along with director and executive producer Jakob Verbruggen and executive producer Rosalie Swedlin.

THE ALIENIST is based on Caleb Carr’s award-winning best-seller by the same name and premieres on Monday, January 22nd.  Set in the underbelly of New York City’s Gilded Age, this series follows Dr. Laszlo Kreizler, a brilliant and obsessive “alienist,” who, at the turn of the century, is using his controversial new methods of treating mental illness to hunt down a ritualistic killer.  The highly anticipated ten-part series was shot in Budapest, Hungary and has been three years in the making after nearly 25 years in development! Continue reading “THE ALIENIST Premieres on TNT”

The Wonder Women of Lifetime

Lifetime’s All-Women Showrunners Talk Creating a Safe Workplace in the #MeToo Era

By Valerie Milano

Pasadena, CA (The Hollywood Times) 1/20/18 – On Sunday, January 14th, 2018 Lifetime convened a panel of women creators and showrunners responsible for scripted dramas during the winter TCA press tour taking place at the Langham Hotel in Pasadena.  Present were Stacy Rukeyser, the showrunner of UNREAL; Sarah Gertrude Shapiro, the co-creator of UNREAL; Tara Armstrong, the creator and showrunner of MARY KILLS PEOPLE; Sera Gamble, the co-creator and co-showrunner of YOU; and Jamie Denbo, who will be creating AMERICAN PRINCESS. Continue reading “The Wonder Women of Lifetime”

Naya Rivera wore Borgioni to the TCA Panel

Naya Rivera wore Borgioni earrings and ear cuff onstage during the YouTube portion of the 2018 Winter Television Critics Association Press Tour on January 13, 2018 in Pasadena, California.
Borgioni earrings and ear cuff:
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The Assassination of Versace on ACS

Ryan Murphy
FX ‘The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story’ TV show panel, TCA Winter Press Tour, Los Angeles, USA – 05 Jan 2018 (Credit: Photo by David Buchan/Variety/REX/Shutterstock)

By Valerie Milano

Pasadena, CA (The Hollywood Times) 1/7/18 – THE ASSASSINATION OF GIANNI VERSACE: AMERICAN CRIME STORY, one of the new TV season’s must-sees, was discussed at length by a distinguished panel of executives and talents at the 2018 FX TCA Winter Press Tour taking place on Saturday, January 6th, 2018 at the Langham Hotel in Pasadena.  The nine-episode limited series is set to premiere on Wednesday, January 17th. Continue reading “The Assassination of Versace on ACS”

Showtime Holds Executive Session at the 2018 TCA Winter Press Tours

David Nevins

By Valerie Milano

Pasadena, CA (The Hollywood Times) 1/9/18 – Johanna Fuentes, head of PR, introduced the Showtime executive session taking place at the Winter TCA Press Tours held at the Langham Hotel in Pasadena on Saturday, January 6th, 2018.  Present was David Nevins, Showtime President and CEO. Continue reading “Showtime Holds Executive Session at the 2018 TCA Winter Press Tours”

SHOWTIME® SETS SEASON THREE PREMIERE DATE FOR POWERHOUSE DRAMA BILLIONS 

ON SUNDAY MARCH 25 AT 10 PM ET/PT

LOS ANGELES – January 6, 2018 – SHOWTIME has announced that the third season of the hit drama series BILLIONS will premiere on Sunday, March 25 at 10 p.m. ET/PT.  Starring Oscar® nominee and Emmy® and Golden Globe® winner Paul Giamatti and Emmy and Golden Globe winner Damian Lewis, BILLIONS is the network’s No. 2 drama series behind HOMELAND, averaging five million viewers weekly across platforms. The series grew throughout the second season on Sunday nights by more than 35 percent from premiere to finale. BILLIONS is available on SHOWTIME on-air, on demand and over the internet. The announcement was made today by David Nevins, President and CEO, Showtime Networks Inc., at the 2018 Television Critics Association Winter Press Tour. Continue reading “SHOWTIME® SETS SEASON THREE PREMIERE DATE FOR POWERHOUSE DRAMA BILLIONS “

FX CEO Speaks at the TCA Winter 2018 Press Tour Executive Session

John Solberg 2018 Winter TCA Tour – Day 2 (Source: Getty Images)
January 5, 2018

By Valerie Milano

Pasadena, CA (The Hollywood Times) 1/5/18 – John Solberg introduced the FX Network executive session taking place at the Langham Hotel in Pasadena on Friday, January 5th, 2018 as part of the TCA Winter Press Tours.  After some preliminary comments, Solberg welcomed John Landgraf, CEO of FX Networks and FX Productions. Continue reading “FX CEO Speaks at the TCA Winter 2018 Press Tour Executive Session”