Interview with Sadie Stanley, Lexi Underwood and Griffin Gluck

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Sadie Stanley, Lexi Underwood and Griffin Gluck of "Cruel Summer" season 2 on Freeform

Interview with Sadie Stanley, Lexi Underwood and Griffin Gluck of “Cruel Summer” season 2 on Freeform by Suzanne 5/5/23

It was great to speak with these young actors… I hope you can check out the show. It’s an anthology series, so the cast and story for this season two is completely different than season one. It’s a very interesting show with a good mystery. It premieres Sunday, June 5 on Freeform!


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Freeform’s ‘Cruel Summer’ Renewed for Second Season

Jessica Biel Produced Series Is Freeform’s Most-Watched Series Ever, and

Hulu’s Most-Watched Next-Day Season One Title From a Linear Channel to Date

The Series Is The No. 1 Most Engaged New Scripted Cable Series On Social In 2021


  • Freeform has renewed its most-watched series ever, “Cruel Summer,” for season two, ahead of the season one finale airing today, Tuesday, June 15, at 10 p.m. EDT/PDT on Freeform, streaming next day on Hulu.
  • “Cruel Summer” is the first scripted series to debut under Freeform President Tara Duncan.
  • “Cruel Summer” is the network’s most-watched series ever, ranking as the No. 1 new cable drama of the year among Women 18-34, with the most recent episode delivering the drama’s biggest linear TV audience yet—surging by 31% over its premiere. In MP35, the series averages 6.8 million viewers per episode.
  • On Hulu, “Cruel Summer” was the most-watched next-day season one title from a linear channel in its first seven weeks to date.
  • “Cruel Summer” is the No. 1 most engaged new scripted cable series on social in 2021.
  • “Renewing ‘Cruel Summer’ for a season two was an easy decision,” stated Duncan. “It’s the biggest series debut in Freeform’s history, and the audience response has been overwhelmingly positive. Jessica, Michelle and Tia did a phenomenal job telling an addictive story that’s tapped into the cultural zeitgeist. I’m excited to see where they take the series next.”
  • “Collaborating with Iron Ocean, our dedicated crew, charismatic cast, and our partners at Freeform and eOne have been the best first showrunning experience I could ask for. I am beyond grateful and excited by the amazing fan response to our show! Continuing to bottle ‘Cruel Summer’ magic for a season two is an absolute dream come true,” says Tia Napolitano.
  • “We are so proud of this show and the incredible cast and crew who brought so much hard work and grit to every single scene. This wouldn’t have been possible without them and our mastermind showrunner, Tia Napolitano. To be picked up for a second season is a dream, and we have so many ideas for where we can take this next. We are excited to get to work with our brilliant team of creatives on this project, in addition to our partners at Freeform and eOne, including Jackie Sacerio, who brought the project to us. To the audiences who have been tuning into this show week in and week out, THANK YOU!!! This is all for you!” added executive producers Jessica Biel and Michelle Purple of Iron Ocean Productions.
  • From executive producer Jessica Biel (“The Sinner”), “Cruel Summer” is a psychological thriller that follows two young women..“Cruel Summer” comes from studio eOne and was created by Bert V. Royal. Tia Napolitano serves as showrunner. Executive producers include Napolitano, Royal and Iron Ocean Productions’ Jessica Biel and Michelle Purple.
  • On tonight’s all-new episode titled “Hostile Witness,” Kate and Jeanette’s worlds collide as the court date arrives, finally forcing the two young women to answer the question on everyone’s mind, but the answer comes with a price that not everyone can pay.

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Freeform Announces New Cast for the Highly Anticipated ‘Cruel Summer’ Season Two

— Sadie Stanley, Griffin Gluck and Newcomer Eloise Payet Set To Lead Ensemble Cast —

Freeform’s “Cruel Summer” returns as an anthology with a fresh mystery and cast when its highly anticipated second season premieres later this year. Executive produced by Emmy® Award nominee Jessica Biel and Michelle Purple (“The Sinner,” “Candy”) through Iron Ocean Productions and from studio eOne, the first season of “Cruel Summer” was a critical and ratings smash, making it Freeform’s most-watched series in network history.

Set in an idyllic waterfront town in the Pacific Northwest, the next chapter of “Cruel Summer” follows the rise and fall of an intense teenage friendship. Approaching the story from three different timelines surrounding Y2K, the season twists and turns as it tracks the early friendship between Megan, Isabella and Megan’s best friend Luke, the love triangle that blossomed, and the mystery that would impact all of their lives going forward.

Sadie Stanley (“The Goldbergs”) will star as Megan Landry, a computer coder and honor student from a blue-collar family. Once Megan meets Isabella, she begins to live in the moment and embrace her true self. When events take a tragic turn, her long-held dreams are dashed, and she is left wondering who she can trust.

Eloise Payet portrays the alluring and enigmatic Isabella, the daughter of foreign diplomats, who is spending a year as an exchange student with the Landry family. She quickly shakes up life in this small town, but her charm can’t hide the truth about her past or the real reason she came to live with the Landrys forever.

Griffin Gluck (“Locke & Key”) plays Luke Chambers, Megan’s lifelong best friend from a prominent family. Over time, Luke finds himself at a crossroads as he tries to establish his own place in the world, separate from the expectations of his powerful father.

KaDee Strickland (“Private Practice”) stars as Debbie, Megan’s hardworking single mom who thinks hosting Isabella will open Megan’s eyes to a bigger world than their small town. Lisa Yamada (“Little Fires Everywhere”) is Parker, a popular musician who becomes more cynical as the world takes a dark turn around her. Sean Blakemore (“Greenleaf”) will play Sheriff Myer, an old-fashioned law-and-order type, under pressure to solve the first major crime in Chatham. Paul Adelstein (“True Story”) will recur as Steve Chambers, Luke’s high-profile dad, whose influence in town is far-reaching.

“Cruel Summer” comes from studio eOne and was created by Bert V. Royal. Elle Triedman serves as showrunner. Executive producers include Triedman, Bill Purple, Tia Napolitano, and Iron Ocean Productions’ Jessica Biel and Michelle Purple. The series is distributed internationally by eOne.

Freeform Releases Its TV Offerings for June 2023 With the Premiere of the Highly Anticipated Second Season of ‘Cruel Summer’


June 5 (9:00-10:00 p.m. EDT) – Episode #2001 – “Welcome to Chatham” – SEASON TWO PREMIERE
In Summer 1999, small-town computer genius Megan resents the arrival of outgoing and mysterious foreign exchange student Isabella. Little does she know how her life will change by Summer 2000.

June 5 (10:00-11:00 p.m. EDT) – Episode #2002– “Ride or Die”
In Summer 1999, Isabella grows closer to Luke while struggling to connect with Megan. In Winter 1999, Isabella searches for justice following the disastrous Christmas party.

June 12 (10:00-11:00 p.m. EDT) – Episode #2003 – “Bloody Knuckles”
In Summer 1999, Megan and Isabella bond during an overnight at the Chambers’ cabin. Luke tries to stand up to Brent but ends up causing more problems for his dad. Suspicions are raised after fingerprints are found on the gun that shot Luke

June 19 (10:00-11:00 p.m. EDT) – Episode #2004 – “Springing a Leak”
In Summer 1999, Megan wants to be adventurous and makes fake IDs for the gang. In Winter 1999, a burst pipe leads the Landrys and Isabella to a messy night at the Chambers’ house. Isabella wants to help but is met with resistance from Megan.

June 26 (10:00-11:00 p.m. EDT) – Episode #2005– “All I Want for Christmas”
In Summer 1999, Isabella is rocked by a surprise visit from her past. In Winter 1999, Isabella’s concerns for Megan lead her to some surprising news. In Summer 2000, family loyalties are tested.

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CRUEL SUMMER – Freeform’s “Cruel Summer” stars Sean Blakemore as Sheriff Jack Myer, Braeden De La Garza as Brent Chambers, Sadie Stanley as Megan Landry, Griffin Gluck as Luke Chambers, Kadee Strickland as Debbie Landry, Paul Adelstein as Steve Chambers, Lisa Yamada as Parker and Lexi Underwood as Isabella. (Freeform/Frank Ockenfels)


Interview with Anjli Mohindra

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Anjli Mohindra in "The Lazarus Project" on TNT

Interview with Anjli Mohindra in “The Lazarus Project” on TNT by Suzanne 5/31/23

This is a really exciting new drama/scifi series! It was fun to chat with British actress Anjli, who has been in a lot of great shows, like “The Sarah Jane Adventures,” “Doctor Who” and “Vigil,” among many others. She’s been acting since she was 15, which is pretty amazing. I enjoyed picking her brain about time travel. Don’t miss the show, which premieres Sunday, June 4, at 9:00pm ET/PT on TNT!


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TNT will premiere the scripted action thriller, “The Lazarus Project,” produced by Urban Myth Films in association with Sky Studios on Sunday, June 4, at 9:00pm ET/PT. “The Lazarus Project” is a high-impact drama intended to appeal to broad, thrill-seeking audiences and to complement the network’s big-ticket movies and more than 800 hours of sports.  The series was acquired from NBCUniversal Global Distribution on behalf of Sky Studios.

“The Lazarus Project” is a riveting eight-hour drama that follows George, the latest recruit to The Lazarus Project – a secret organization that has harnessed the ability to turn back time whenever the world is at the threat of extinction. George and his colleagues are the few people on Earth with the ability to remember the events that are undone when time goes back. But when a freak accident harms someone close to George, Lazarus won’t let him turn back time to undo it unless there is the threat of global extinction.  Now George must choose to stay loyal or go rogue as he faces the question of: if you had the power to re-write your past, what would you sacrifice to do it? “The Lazarus Project” explores our desire to take charge of what is beyond our control and is a moving story of love and fate within a gripping action thriller that will keep viewers on the edge of their seats.

The series stars Emmy® Award and BAFTA-nominated Paapa Essiedu (“I May Destroy You”), Anjli Mohindra (“Bodyguard”), Tom Burke (“Strike”), Caroline Quentin (“Bridgerton”), Rudi Dharmalingam (“Wakefield”), and Charly Clive (“Pure”).

“The Lazarus Project” is produced by Urban Myth Films in association with Sky Studios. Executive Producers are Julian Murphy, Johnny Capps and Joe Barton. Paul Gilbert is Executive Producer for Sky Studios. Season two of “The Lazarus Project” recently wrapped production.

About TNT  
TNT, a Warner Bros. Discovery brand, is Cable’s #1 entertainment network, known for big, lean-forward television that takes viewers on a thrill ride of electrifying stories, dynamic characters and premium events. TNT is home to some of television’s most popular sports franchises and unscripted and scripted originals including “AEW: Rampage,” “Rich & Shameless,” and “The Lazarus Project”. TNT also presents primetime specials and sports coverage, including the NHL, NBA and NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championships. Website:

About NBCUniversal Global Distribution
NBCUniversal Global Distribution is responsible for the licensing and distribution of NBCUniversal product to all forms of television and new media platforms in the U.S., Canada and in over 200 territories internationally. NBCUniversal’s content portfolio includes a vast and diverse library of more than 6,500 feature films and 170,000 television episodes, including current and classic titles, non-scripted programming, kids, sports, news, long-form and short-form programming from Universal Pictures, Focus Features, Universal Television, UCP, Universal International Studios, Sky Studios, NBC Late Night properties, DreamWorks Animation, Telemundo, and more, as well as locally produced content from around the world. Global Distribution is a division of Comcast NBCUniversal.

About Sky Studios
Sky Studios is Sky’s original programming arm across Europe.

We develop, produce and commission original drama and scripted comedy for Sky’s 23m customers and beyond. Building on the success of critically acclaimed Sky Originals including Emmy-winning Gangs of London, BAFTA-nominated Landscapers, international hits Babylon Berlin and Das Boot, as well as upcoming series Day of the Jackal, M. Son of the Century, and Helgoland 513.

With commissioning talent and production capability across the UK, Germany, and Italy, we seek out the best untold stories from original voices while working in creative partnership with today’s best writers, producers, and on-screen talent to bring viewers stories that they will love and remember.

Anjli Mohindra




Anjli Mohindra grew up in Nottingham and trained at The Television Workshop – an East Midlands-based training centre for young acting talent.

Her first major TV role was as Rani Chandra in CBBC’s The Sarah Jane Adventures – a part she played for four series between 2008-2011.

She has since had roles in many television dramas including Cucumber (Channel 4), written by Russell T Davies, Paranoid (Netflix), The Boy with The Topknot (BBC Two), Bancroft (ITV), Dark Heart (ITV), The Dead Room (BBC Four) opposite Simon Callow and Wild Bill alongside Hollywood star Rob Lowe.

She starred as Nadia in the BAFTA-winning BBC/Netflix thriller Bodyguard, a controversial role for which she received critical acclaim and in 2021 starred in Vigil – the BBC’s biggest new drama of the year – alongside Suranne Jones.

She recently featured in Netflix film Munich: The Edge of War with Jeremy Irons and George MacKay and starred in The Lazarus Project – a thriller for Sky alongside Paapa Essiedu as well as The Suspect for ITV with Aidan Turner.

Anjli recently secured a development deal with Urban Myth Films to create a TV series based on the life Princess Sophia Duleep Singh – the daughter of the last Maharajah of Punjab and a goddaughter of Queen Victoria.

Anjli lives in London.

“Full credit in particular to Anjli Mohindra, who played Nadia and who managed to say so much with her eyes throughout the series. From the terrified naivety she presented at the start, to the calculated zealotry she revealed at the end. ”

— The Guardian

“Anjli Mohindra deserves special recognition for that amazing transformation, a reverse superhero, and for a fabulously evil future ahead of her in Bodyguard – cast against type, as the best villains sometimes are”

— The Independent

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Season 3 Key Art art of the Paramount+ original series STAR TREK: PICARD. Photo Cr: Joe Pugliese/Paramount+. © 2022 CBS Studios Inc. All Rights Reserved.


Todd Stashwick (Captain Shaw, “Star Trek: Picard”) 4/12/23

Linda Park (ex-Hoshi, “Star Trek: Enterprise) 2/2/23

Karl Urban (Dr. McCoy, Star Trek movies) 6/1/22

Brannon Braga (writer/producer of many Star Trek shows) 5/16/22

Tim Russ (Tuvok, “Star Trek: Voyager”) 6/30/20

David Gerrold (writer, “Trouble with Tribbles” and more) 6/21/20

Denise Crosby (Tasha Yar/Sela, “Star Trek: The Next Generation”) 7/11/19

CBS/Paramount Vs. Star Trek Fans 3/7/18

Former “Enterprise” Executive Producer Manny Coto 4/24/14

Jeri Ryan (Seven of Nine, “Star Trek: Voyager”) 1/10/14

J.J. Abrams (director of the last two Star Trek movies) 11/7/13

Zachary Quinto (Spock, the last two Star Trek movies) 11/15/12

LeVar Burton (Jordi LaForge, “Star Trek: The Next Generation”)  6/28/12

Leonard Nimoy (Spock, original “Star Trek”)  5/10/12

Robert Picardo (Doctor, “Star Trek: Voyager”) 9/21/11

Kate Mulgrew (Captain Janeway, “Star Trek: Voyager”) 8/25/11

Jeri Ryan (Seven of Nine, “Star Trek: Voyager”) 7/28/11

Scott Bakula (Captain Archer, “Star Trek: Enterprise”)  11/2/10

Leonard Nimoy (Spock, original “Star Trek”) 10/9/09

David A. Goodman of “Family Guy” 3/24/09 – all about the Next Generation cast appearance; Goodman was also involved with “Enterprise”.



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Review of Star Trek: Enterprise Season One

Review of “Star Trek: The Next Generation – The Sixth Season” and “Star Trek: The Next Generation – Chain of Command” Blu-ray

Review of Star Trek: The Original Series – Origins

Review of “Star Trek: Insurrection” Special Collector’s Edition

Review of Star Trek: Enterprise – Complete Fourth Season [Blu-ray]

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Interview with Bianca del Rio, Haneefah Wood and Murray Hill

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Interview with Bianca del Rio, Haneefah Wood and Murray Hill of "Drag Me to Dinner" on HULU - Drag Me To Dinner -- “Whoring 20s” - Episode 102 -- It’s a scandalous Whoring 20s Dinner Party! Queens Trinity the Tuck & BeBe Zahara Benet battle Thorgy Thor & Kiki Ball-Change. Neil Patrick Harris, Bianca Del Rio, Haneefah Wood, & David Burtka star, Murray Hill hosts. Best episode by far! Bianca Del Rio, Haneefah Wood, Murray Hill and Neil Patrick Harris, shown. (Photo by: Jeong Park/Hulu)

Interview with Bianca del Rio, Haneefah Wood and Murray Hill of “Drag Me to Dinner” on HULU by Suzanne 5/23/23

This was a fun show to watch. It’s a spoof of reality shows, particularly the cooking and design competition shows. It’s pretty funny. Neil Patrick Harris is one of the judges and also created/producers the show with his husband, David Burtka. Burtka, a professional chef, is the food expert on the show. This quick interview was great because we were joking around and laughing the whole time. I really enjoyed it. And there was singing, too! I hope you can check out the show when it debuts Wednesday, 5/31/23 on HULU and watch the interview, too.


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Drag Me To Dinner is a riotous, format-busting, fourth-wall-breaking, unapologetic sendup of traditional reality competition shows! In each episode, two teams of successful drag queens go head-to-head to throw the most fabulous, awe-inspiring, drag-tastical dinner parties of all time, and be crowned champion by our three judgers: the multi-talented Neil Patrick Harris, drag superstar Bianca Del Rio, and the funny and fabulous Haneefah Wood.

Hosted by the hardest-working middle-aged man in show business: dapper NYC legend Murray Hill, each episode has its own unique theme, as revealed by resident expert, life of the party, and show producer David Burtka. Teams will focus on multiple criteria: Food & Drink, Design & Decor, and Entertainment & Overall Vibe ­– let the comedic culinary costumed chaos commence!

At the end of each episode, one team will be proclaimed the winner and walk away with the grandest “prize” in the history of television: The Glorious Golden Grater – because one team may be GREAT … but the other is GRATER!

Drag Me To Dinner is the glamorous, messy, faux competition show that no one takes too seriously. It’s deliciously addictive, so pull up a chair and dig in!

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Drag Me To Dinner -- “Tailgate Weiner Roast” - Episode 109 -- It’s a Tailgate Weiner Roast Dinner Party! Queens Chelsea Piers & Selma Nilla battle Pixie Aventura & Merrie Cherry. Neil Patrick Harris, Bianca Del Rio, Haneefah Wood, & David Burtka star, Murray Hill hosts. Best episode by far! Selma Nilla, Chelsea Piers, Bianca Del Rio, Haneefah Wood, Murray Hill, Neil Patrick Harris, David Burtka, Pixie Aventura and Merrie Cherry, shown. (Photo by: Jeong Park/Hulu)


Interview with Casper Van Dien

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Casper Van Dien as Zed in "County Line: No Fear" on INSP.

Interview with Casper Van Dien of “County Line: No Fear” on INSP by Suzanne 5/17/23

This was a lot of fun. Casper has a lot of energy and humor. You should watch his new movie if you love drama, cop shows, or westerns, because it’s all three.


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Re-tire-ment: the action or fact of leaving one’s job and ceasing to work.

That is how the dictionary defines retirement. My guess is that Sheriff Alden Rockwell is either missing that page in his dictionary or has chosen to overlook it altogether!

In the action crime-drama County Line: No Fear, the third installment of the successful County Line trilogy, the ornery, yet devoted Alden Rockwell is back and on the verge of retirement (much to the delight of his beloved Maddie, who has been pushing him towards this for years). However, when an unexpected, and criminally motivated, visit from the father of neighboring York County Sheriff, Jo Porter, brings about even more trouble, Alden cannot sit idly by.

When Zed Dalton, an ambitious and ruthless crime syndicate boss, sets up shop in Maksville County to enact revenge on Alden and Jo for involving themselves in his business, he isn’t quite prepared for the battle he’s up against. Alden, Jo and Interim Sheriff Dante Hill will go to any lengths to protect the counties they have vowed to serve. The action is non-stop, with many twists and surprising turns along the way!

Will Alden finally retire? Will Jo forgive her father for bringing this trouble to her doorstep? Will Zed get what’s coming to him? And what role does Zed’s mom play in all of this? Viewers will get answers to these questions, and more, on Saturday, May 27th at 8PM ET, when County Line: No Fear makes its exclusive television debut on INSP.

County Line: No Fear stars Tom Wopat (The Dukes of Hazzard, Longmire, Django Unchained) as Sheriff Alden Rockwell; Kelsey Crane (The Good Doctor, Pretty Little Liars, Chasing Life) as Sheriff Joanne “Jo” Porter; Patricia Richardson (NCIS, Last Man Standing, Home Improvement) as Maddie Hall; Denim Richards (Yellowstone, Good Trouble, Montford) as Interim Sheriff Dante Hill; and Casper Van Dien (The Warrant, Starship Troopers, Hawaii Five-O) as Zed Dalton.

Casper Van Dien in "Starship Troopers" - photo from his InstagramCasper Van Dien‘s breakthrough role was as the lead in Paul Verhoeven’s sci-fi film Starship Troopers (1997). Still one of the most talked about films of 1997 that has one of the largest cult followings in film history. He was also in Tim Burton’s critically acclaimed film Sleepy Hollow (1999), as Brom Bones. He was the 20th Tarzan and the only one to ever film in Africa and ride an African elephant in the Warner Bros. film Tarzan and the Lost City (1998).

Other film credits include The Pact (2012), which was well received at Sundance. Casper played a down and out alcoholic detective opposite Caity Lotz. A Post Apocalyptic survivor in Beyond The Wave (2015) shot entirely in China. Starring opposite Sean Maher as part of a two man crew on a mission to the end of the universe in the much anticipated independent film ISRA 88 (2016) .

Television credits include “MONK” (2008) Playing a Navy Doctor for the season finale, and “Beverly Hills, 90210” (1994).Casper Van Dien also appeared in "One Life to Live" 1993-1994 as Luna's brother, Ty Moody.

Casper has tackled the web recently playing Johnny Cage in the insanely popular Machinima web-series “Mortal Kombat Legacy” seasons 2 and 3. He won best actor for his comedic chops in the series. He stars as “Hawk Guy” in the upcoming Avengers spoof “Interns of F.I.E.L.D.” produced by Screen Junkies. You can also check him out as the hunky bartender in the popular series “CONMAN” starring Alan Tudyk and Nathan Fillion. He played the perfect version of himself in the comedy series “Crunchtime”.

His most recent victory has been behind the camera as a Director. He has directed three films in which he also starred in. His second film Patient Killer won best film and best director awards and was bought and aired on Lifetime.

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Casper Van Dien as Zed in "County Line: No Fear" on INSP.


Interviews with Ignacio Diaz-Silverio, Stakiah Lynn Washington, Martin Martinez and Nigel Siwabessy of “Primo” on Freevee by Suzanne 5/10/23

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Ignacio Diaz-Silverio, Stakiah Lynn Washington, Martin Martinez and Nigel Siwabessy of "Primo" on Freevee

Interviews with Ignacio Diaz-Silverio, Stakiah Lynn Washington, Martin Martinez and Nigel Siwabessy of “Primo” on Freevee by Suzanne 5/10/23

I watched all of this new show, and I really enjoyed it. It made me laugh, and it tugged at my heart. It has comedy, romance and more! I hope you enjoy it. It premieres 5/19/23 on Freevee (Prime). It was great to speak with these young actors. Watch the show here!

Ignacio Diaz-Silverio and Stakiah Lynn Washington of "Primo" on Freevee


Martin Martinez and Nigel Siwabessy of "Primo" on Freevee


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Key art from "Primo" on FreeveeThe coming-of-age, single-camera comedy, inspired by Serrano’s life growing up in San Antonio, TX, follows Rafa Gonzales, a wide-eyed 16-year-old being raised by his clever mother, Drea, and his five overbearing uncles (Rollie, Mike, Ryan, Jay, and Mondo) as they live their lives on the southside of San Antonio. Rafa is at an inflection point, as three big life moments coincide: he and his friends are nearing the end of high school; he’s pretty sure he just met the girl of his dreams; and he just found out he has a real chance to become the first person in his family to go to college. Over the course of the series, the group—Rafa, his mom, uncles, friends, and crush—will all affect each other and help one another grow in ways they weren’t expecting, whether they like it or not.

Country Availability

Germany, United Kingdom, United States, Austria

Executive Produced By

Shea Serrano, Michael Schur, David Miner, Morgan Sackett, Peter Murrieta, Lisa Muse Bryant

Created By

Shea Serrano

Produced By

Amazon Studios and Universal Television

Ignacio Diaz-Silverio

Ignacio Diaz-Silverio will next star in the Amazon series, PRIMO, and can currently be seen alongside Florence Pugh and Morgan Freeman in Zach Braff’s A GOOD PERSON (MGM).  Ignacio most recently starred in Samuel D. Hunter’s A BRIGHT NEW BOISE at the Signature Theatre and was nominated for a 2023 Helen Hayes Award for his work in JOHN PROCTOR IS THE VILLAIN in a performance the Washington Post called, “Knockout acting.”  Ignacio will soon be seen in the upcoming independent feature, DEPARTING SENIORS and he lends his voice to the popular podcast, THE BYSTANDERS with Jane Lunch and Darren Criss. Other credits include CBS’ THE GOOD FIGHT and the Apple TV’s SUSPICION.


Stakiah Washington

Stakiah Lynn Washington is an actor, playwright, and director from Flint, Michigan. As a child, she fell in love with the arts and performed in plays at church, sang in the choir, and played musical instruments. In 2017, Washington was a finalist in the August Wilson Monologue Competition. She pursued her BFA in Theatre Studies from Meadows School of the Arts after graduating high school.

While at SMU, she was a part of many productions, including We the InvisiblesSmart People, and most notably, The Black Album, written and directed by Regina Taylor.

After graduating, Washington landed the lead role in Everything Is Both, which will open in theaters in the fall of 2022!

Washington is represented by Corey Simon and Sean Butler at Cultivate Entertainment Partners

Stakiah Lynn Washington is an actor, playwright, and director from Flint, Michigan. As a child, she fell in love with the arts and performed in plays at church, sang in the choir, and played musical instruments. In 2017, Washington was a finalist in the August Wilson Monologue Competition. She pursued her BFA in Theatre Studies from Meadows School of the Arts after graduating high school.

While at SMU, she was a part of many productions, including We the InvisiblesSmart People, and most notably, The Black Album, written and directed by Regina Taylor.

After graduating, Washington landed the lead role in Everything Is Both, which will open in theaters in the fall of 2022!

Martin Martinez

Martin Martinez was born in Sacramento, CA. After graduating at 16, Martinez secured his first lead in the play Jesse. Following his break, Martinez appeared in projects such as Shameless, Marvels Runaways, NCIS Hawaii, Chicago PD, The Fosters, Never Have I Ever, and Pachinko. He most recently recurred on MAGNUM P.I. for CBS.  Martin Martinez was born in Sacramento, CA. After graduating at 16, Martinez secured his first lead in the play Jesse. Following his break, Martinez appeared in projects such as Shameless, Marvels Runaways, NCIS Hawaii, Chicago PD, The Fosters, Never Have I Ever, and Pachinko. He most recently recurred on MAGNUM P.I. for CBS.

Nigel Siwabessy

Nigel Siwabessy grew up in Long Beach, CA and has been acting for over six years. In his spare time, he enjoys fitness and traveling the world.

Amazon Freevee Debuts Official Trailer for Highly Anticipated Comedy Series Primo, Premiering May 19

Mar 21, 2023

Series hails from New York Times best-selling author Shea Serrano and
Emmy-winning producer Michael Schur (
The Good PlaceParks and Recreation)

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CULVER CITY, California—March 21, 2023—Today, Amazon Freevee released the official trailer and key art for the Freevee Original scripted comedy series Primo, premiering on the service on May 19 and executive produced by New York Times best-selling author Shea Serrano and Emmy-winning producer Michael Schur (The Good Place, Parks and Recreation). All eight episodes of the first season will be available to stream exclusively on Amazon Freevee in the U.S., the UK, Germany, and Austria beginning on May 19.

The coming-of-age, single-camera comedy, inspired by Serrano’s life growing up in San Antonio, TX, follows Rafa Gonzales, a wide-eyed 16-year-old being raised by his clever mother, Drea, and his five overbearing uncles (Rollie, Mike, Ryan, Jay, and Mondo) as they live their lives on the southside of San Antonio. Rafa is at an inflection point, as three big life moments coincide: he and his friends are nearing the end of high school; he’s pretty sure he just met the girl of his dreams; and he just found out he has a real chance to become the first person in his family to go to college. Over the course of the series, the group—Rafa, his mom, uncles, friends, and crush—will all affect each other and help one another grow in ways they weren’t expecting, whether they like it or not.

Primo stars Ignacio Diaz-Silverio (The Good Fight), Johnny Rey Diaz (Grey’s Anatomy), Christina Vidal (The Terminal List, Taina), Henri Esteve (Grown-ish, Homecoming), Martin Martinez (Magnum P.I.), Jonathan Medina (The Purge), Carlos Santos (Gentefied), Nigel Siwabessy (Stop the Bleeding!), Efrain Villa (Better Call Saul), and Stakiah Lynn Washington (Everything is Both).

Serrano serves as creator and executive producer for the series, alongside executive producers Michael Schur via Fremulon, David Miner for 3 Arts Entertainment, and Morgan Sackett. Peter Murrieta and Lisa Muse Bryant also serve as executive producers. Kabir Akhtar directed the pilot episode. The series is produced by Amazon Studios and Universal Television, a division of Universal Studio Group.

Spanning drama and comedy, scripted and unscripted, Amazon Freevee uniquely offers premium Originals on a free streaming service. Originals include High School, the critically acclaimed coming-of-age series based on Tegan and Sara Quin’s best-selling memoir; Greg Garcia’s comedy series Sprung; and the cooking competition series featuring a cast of home chefs, America’s Test Kitchen: The Next Generation. Additional upcoming Originals include the concert special Monumental: Ellie Goulding at Kew Gardens, premiering March 31, and the new documentary-style comedy series starring James Marsden, Jury Duty, premiering April 7.

About Universal Television
Universal Television, a division of Universal Studio Group, is one of the largest and most successful television production companies in the United States. The studio currently produces more than 50 primetime comedies and dramas as well as late-night programs for a variety of network, cable, and digital platforms. Acclaimed series produced by Universal Television include Hacks, Never Have I Ever, Girls5eva, Rutherford Falls, Kenan, Schmigadoon!, Mr. Mayor, Young Rock, Saved By the Bell, New Amsterdam, Master of None, Russian Doll, The Equalizer, and Dick Wolf’s enormously successful Law & OrderChicago, and FBI-branded series.

Amazon Freevee, formerly IMDb TV
Amazon Freevee is a streaming video service with thousands of premium movies and TV shows, including Originals and FAST channels, available anytime, for free.

  • Expansive Catalog: Amazon Freevee offers viewers ambitious Originals, including Bosch: Legacy; Emmy-winning court program Judy Justice; coming-of-age drama High School; reality design series Hollywood Houselift with Jeff Lewis; comedy series Sprung; music documentary Post Malone: Runaway; heist drama Leverage: Redemption; spy thriller Alex Rider; and the sports docuseries UNINTERRUPTED’s Top Class: The Life and Times of the Sierra Canyon Trailblazers. Combined with an always updating library of broadly appealing hit movies and TV shows across a wide selection of genres, and a catalog of more than 200 FAST channels, including Judy Justice and Crime 360, Amazon Freevee delivers customers the content they would expect to see on a paid service.
  • Free: The entire catalog of content on the service is free. No paid subscriptions necessary.
  • Limited Ads: Freevee provides customers highly sought content supported by limited advertising.
  • Instant Access: Freevee is available as an app on Fire TV, Fire Tablets, and within the Prime Video app. Freevee is available as an app on third party devices including Roku, Samsung smart TVs (2017-2021 models), Apple TV 4K, Apple TV HD, Comcast’s Xfinity Flex, Xfinity X1, Chromecast with Google TV, NVIDIA SHIELD and other Android TV devices, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5 consoles, as well as LG Smart TVs (2018-2021 models). The app is also available on iPhone, iPad, and Android mobile devices.

To learn more about Amazon Freevee, visit and follow @AmazonFreevee.

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Ignacio Diaz-Silverio, Stakiah Lynn Washington, Martin Martinez and Nigel Siwabessy of "Primo" on Freevee


Interview with Jason Stuart and Mitch Hara

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Jason Stuart and Mitch Hara, stars of "Smothered" on YouTube!

Interview with Jason Stuart and Mitch Hara, creators and stars of “Smothered” on YouTube by Suzanne 5/5/23

This was so much fun. It’s always great to speak with comedians because they make me laugh so hard. I hope you enjoy this video as much as I did. Don’t miss their show on YouTube! Season 2 premiered May 12 and it’s even funnier than season 1.  This is NSFW, and neither is the series, but don’t let that stop you! Watch both seasons here – They’re short form, so it won’t take you long!

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Key art for "Smothered" on YouTubeSmothered is the short form series from creators Jason Stuart & Mitch Hara which will be coming back for its highly anticipated 2nd season in May 2023 on all major streaming services including Amazon. Smothered was named ‘One of the best comedy series’ by Amazon for their first season and was nominated for the Spotlight Award at the Indie Series Awards. Stuart, a respected actor/comedian/activist with over 150 film & TV credits, and in 2022 was named one of Out Magazine’s OUT 100 (which highlights the most popular and influential LGBTQIA+ celebrities in the US), won Best Actor in a Comedy Series for Smothered’s first season by the Indie Series Awards. Mitch Hara is a graduate from the acclaimed Actor’s Studio in NYC and has appeared on numerous film and television series. Season 2 of Smothered promises to be even bigger and better than season 1 and boasts an impressive cast of guest stars that include Amanda Bearse (Married w/ Children), Jai Rodriguez (Bros), Carole White (Laverne & Shirley), Scott Krinsky (Chuck), and more. Smothered follows an entitled bickering boomer aged gay couple (Stuart & Hara) who, because they can’t afford to get a divorce, try and salvage their hideous relationship in therapy hell before they kill each other and everyone else.

Both Stuart and Hara were nominated for Best Actor, and the series for Best Digital Series, at the Queertly Awards and are on the list for consideration for Outstanding Actors & Series for the Emmy Awards.

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Interviews with actors and writers of “The Tower 2: Death Message”

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Stars Gemma Whelan, Jimmy Akingbola and Tahirah Sharif of "The Tower 2: Death Message" on Britbox

Interviews with actors and writers of “The Tower 2: Death Message” on Britbox by Suzanne 5/3/23

This was so much fun! I had never heard of this series (I don’t normally watch Britbox), so I watched the first series, “The Tower” and then the upcoming episodes of “The Tower 2: Death Message.” They were very entertaining. If you loved the books, or you liked the first series, you will certainly enjoy the second one. It has the same actors and a similar story, but with more action and character development. Of course, it has a great mystery or two. Speaking with the writers and actors was great because they were kind and funny.

First, I spoke with Writer and Executive Producer Patrick Harbinson and Author and Executive Producer Kate London. I generally only speak to actors and producers, so it’s a rare treat to speak to a writer or director. They didn’t disappoint!

Writer and Executive Producer Patrick Harbinson and Author and Executive Producer Kate London


Next I spoke with Stars Gemma Whelan, Jimmy Akingbola and Tahirah Sharif!

Stars Gemma Whelan, Jimmy Akingbola and Tahirah Sharif



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Stars Gemma Whelan, Jimmy Akingbola and Tahirah Sharif of "The Tower 2: Death Message" on Britbox*Trailer Debut* THE TOWER 2: Death Message | Returning May 16 | Starring Gemma Whelan, Tahirah Sharif, Jimmy Akingbola & Emmett J. Scanlan





Watch the trailer HERE

Season 2 of the Hit Drama From Homeland Writer and Executive Producer Patrick Harbinson to Have its World Premiere on BritBox,

 with Season One BAFTA Television Award-Nominated Actress Tahirah Sharif, Jimmy Akingbola, and Emmett J. Scanlan Also Returning

New York, NY – April 21, 2023 – BritBox, the world leader in British streaming, will exclusively premiere gripping crime drama The Tower 2: Death Message from May 16 in North America. The four-episode thriller is returning for a second season, airing weekly on BritBox, following its 2021 hit first installment, The Tower, also available on the service.

The critically-acclaimed crime drama is written and executive produced by Patrick Harbinson (Homeland, 24), and produced by Harbinson’s Windhover Films and Mammoth Screen, in association with ITV Studios. It stars Gemma Whelan (Game of Thrones, Gentleman Jack), Jimmy Akingbola (Bel-Air, Ted Lasso), Tahirah Sharif (The Haunting of Bly Manor, A Christmas Prince), BAFTA Television Award-nominated for her performance in season one, and Emmett J. Scanlan (Peaky Blinders, Kin).

The Tower 2: Death Message is based on the second novel in author Kate London’s best-selling series. Following the dramatic climax of season one, rookie Police Constable Lizzie Adama (Sharif) returns to her London police station where she finds herself fighting to protect a mother and daughter in peril. Meanwhile, Detective Sergeant Sarah Collins (Whelan) has transferred to Homicide Command. When she is tasked with re-opening a cold case involving a missing schoolgirl, her investigations take an unexpected turn, leading her to cross paths with Lizzie once again. Detective Inspector Kieran Shaw (Scanlan) wants to recruit Detective Sergeant Steve Bradshaw (Akingbola) for a specialist task force, targeting a major organized crime figure, but he must convince Steve he can be trusted. This latest season promises another complex, authentic and topical crime story that will keep audiences gripped.

Season one followed Detective Sergeant Sarah Collins as she set out to uncover the truth around two grisly deaths discovered at the bottom of a residential apartment building. The investigation led her into a dark conspiracy in which her relationship with Lizzie Adama was tested to the limits. All three episodes of season one are now available on BritBox ahead of the season two debut.

Patrick Harbinson and Kate London executive produce the series alongside Mammoth Screen’s Sheena Bucktowonsing and Damien Timmer. Andy Mosse (The Last Bus, The Darkest Dawn, Hungerford) produces and Faye Gilbert (The Bay, The Line, Leaving Eva) directs.

About BritBox

Known for the best in British content, BritBox offers a large collection of originals, co-productions, and other popular programming. The critically acclaimed BritBox Original co-production Stonehouse launched on the service in January, and is a dramatized limited series covering the extraordinary story of disgraced Labour Minister John Stonehouse, starring the Emmy-winning Matthew Macfadyen. Other popular recent series include Karen Pirie, starring Lauren Lyle; the must-see drama Sherwood, starring Lesley Manville and David Morrissey and written by James Graham, Why Didn’t They Ask Evans? produced, directed, and adapted for screen by Hugh Laurie and starring Will Poulter and Lucy Boynton as well as The Confessions of Frannie Langton, another BritBox International co-production, from the award-winning novel by Sara Collins and starring Karla-Simone Spence and Sophie Cookson.

BritBox is available for $7.99 per month/79.99 per year—after an introductory free trial period—on Roku®, Amazon Fire TV stick, Apple TV 4th Gen, Samsung, LG and all iOS and Android devices, AirPlay, Chromecast, and online at BritBox is also available on Amazon Channels for Prime members and on Apple TV Channels on supported devices.

BritBox is a digital video subscription service offering the largest collection of British TV in the U.S. and Canada. Created by two British content powerhouses—BBC Studios, the subsidiary arm of the BBC, and ITV, the UK’s biggest commercial broadcaster—the service features iconic favorites, exclusive premieres, and current series and soaps—most available within 24 hours after their UK premiere. BritBox also offers expert curation and playlists that enable fans to easily find programs they know and discover new favorites via the web, mobile, tablet and connected TVs.

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Interview with Perdita Weeks

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MAGNUM P.I. -- Season: 4 -- Pictured: Perdita Weeks as Juliet Higgins -- (Photo by: Christopher Patey/CBS/Universal Television)

Interview with Perdita Weeks of “Magnum, P.I.” on NBC by Suzanne 4/20/23

I’m very grateful to Ms. Weeks and NBC for answering these questions. I was scheduled to speak with her via Zoom April 20, but I had to rush to urgent care due to some problems with my spine (I’m fine … it’s an ongoing problem. I was in a lot of pain, though). I hated to cancel it because I had done so much work on these questions and watching the show to catch up. It was truly awesome that they let me send in the questions so that she could answer them via email. She got them back to us fairly quickly, too. Believe me, this is rare! I’m only sorry that this is being put up after the mid-season finale, but there just wasn’t time to re-schedule the interview. I hope you enjoy them!

1.       Has the show moving from CBS to NBC impacted you at all?

It was definitely a reminder of how lucky we are to keep doing what we’ve been doing for a few years now. Sort of feels like a brand new show with characters that we know really well, which is a great place to be.

2.       How long did you know that Juliet and Thomas might be getting together romantically?MAGNUM P.I. -- "Dead Ringer" Episode 506 -- Pictured: (l-r) Jay Hernandez as Thomas Magnum, Perdita Weeks as Juliet Higgins -- (Photo by: Zack Dougan/NBC)

I sort of guessed that’s where we might be heading in Season 4 when Higgins was dreaming about Magnum. I thought they couldn’t dangle that in front of the audience and not let it play out.

3.       What kind of feedback have you gotten from fans about their romance? Has it been mostly positive?

There are definitely those who would have preferred they remain friends, which I understand, because, let’s face it, sex can ruin a friendship– but overall, I think people are pleased they are finally being true to their feelings. And I reckon any relationship that starts with two such good friends must have a hope.

4.       Do you have a funny story from filming this season that you can share?

Can never think of any, but trust me, there’s been plenty of laughter.

5.       So, the show shoots certain months out of the year. Do you live in Hawaii year round, or just for shooting?

As soon as we wrap, I go back to the UK, which is home.

6.       The mid-season finale, episode #10, is quite exciting. Anything you can tell us about filming it?

Storywise, it was a direct continuation from Ep 9. So, same clothes, etc. When you have been wearing the same costume for a week, you do quite fancy a change. Also, I did a lot of yawning in Ep 10 as the characters had had very little sleep, and I thought it made sense, but I think it must have looked odd as it was all cut out. Maybe there’s a gag reel somewhere out there, solely with Higgy yawning.

7.       I asked some fans on social media for questions, so here are a few of the best (you are very popular on there, so there were MANY)…

These are from Facebook, the group MAGNUM P.I. – The NBC Reboot TV Series

8. Alana wants to know if you enjoyed directing the upcoming 18th episode and what it was like?

I loved directing. Absolutely exhausting, as you wear all the hats at all times and every decision is yours as director. Which is great, but tiring.  It was great fun to work with the crew in an entirely different way. They are the best and were so unbelievably supportive. I can’t imagine a better situation to have one’s directorial debut. I count myself very lucky.

9. Will you continue to try your hand at directing?

I would bite the hand off [the person] that offered me another directing gig. Can’t wait.*

10.  Pauline asks, What’s it like being one of two females in a predominately male cast?

It doesn’t really feel like anything to be honest. Once you have spent that much time with people, they are just family.

11.  Y-Yew on Twitter wants to know the latest Hawai’ian slang you’ve learned.

Opala! (Trash. Or, rubbish, as we say in England). And I love saying ‘tasty pupus’

12.  Dane on Twitter said that your character has inspired many people, including his daughter, and he wants to know if that is something you thought might happen and what part of playing Juliet surprised you?

Honestly never thought about it. Just a very cool perk of the job. Love those future women wanting to learn some fighting moves. Juliet is flawed, too, of course, but she has some pretty cool skills, to be sure.

13.  Gesi wants to know your favorite spot on the island.

Love the windward side beaches, sandbar and any ridge way up where you can hear the birds and see the ocean.

14.  Back to Facebook: Diane wonders if you watched the original “Magnum PI” and what you thought of it.

I have never seen an episode to be honest. But I was very aware of it – the image of the red car, and the hunky guy in a Hawaiian shirt. But as far as I could tell, there weren’t too many female leads in it, so in that respect I guess we are ahead

15.  This show has a lot of action.  Hugh wants to know if you do your own stunts.

We have an amazing stunt team and I gave probably had 8 stunt women play me over the 5 seasons. They teach me the fights, and we do the whole thing, except for anything like going through glass, or being slammed from a height. It’s better if we do the whole fight as then they can show the faces. I don’t have any proper training, just what we learn on the job, and I love doing the stunts.

16.  Dawn asks whether you or the other actors ever contribute any ideas to the show?

Last year Zach created an episode storyline with one of the writers, which was cool. Our showrunner, Eric is great and encourages us to contribute ideas. He will ask me at the beginning of a season if there is anything I want to do. I told him I can ride horses, play tennis and fence – all of which he wrote in to the episodes. I also fancied doing a southern accent last year, and they wrote a storyline around me going undercover as a southern belle which was rather jolly.

17.  Donna wants to know if you like Zeus or Apollo better? 🙂

They are all gorgeous. There are four dogs that make up Z and A, one of which is a girl dog.

*Note, this is a British saying, meaning “to be in such a hurry to take what they’re offering that you snatch it out of his hand, like a dog who is so eager to get the biscuit that he bites your hand off with it!”

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MAGNUM P.I. -- Pictured: "Magnum P.I." Key Art -- (Photo by: NBC)“Magnum P.I.” is a modern take on the classic series centering on Thomas Magnum, a decorated former Navy SEAL who, upon returning home from Afghanistan, repurposes his military skills to become a private investigator. A charming rogue, an American hero and a die-hard Detroit Tigers fan, Magnum lives in a guest cottage on Robin’s Nest, the luxurious estate where he works as a security consultant to supplement his P.I. business. With keys to a vintage Ferrari in one hand, aviator sunglasses in the other, and an Old Düsseldorf longneck chilling in the fridge, Thomas Magnum is back on the case!

The cast includes Jay Hernandez, Perdita Weeks, Zachary Knighton, Stephen Hill, Amy Hill, and Tim Kang.

Eric Guggenheim, John Davis, Justin Lin, John Fox, Barbie Kligman, David Wolkove and Gene Hong executive produce.

CBS Studios produces in association with Universal Television, a division of Universal Studio Group.

Perdita WeeksMAGNUM P.I. — Season: 5 — Pictured: Perdita Weeks as Juliet Higgins — (Photo by: Brian Bowen Smith/NBC)
Juliet Higgins, “Magnum P.I.”

Perdita Weeks portrays Juliet Higgins on the NBC drama series “Magnum, P.I.”

Weeks is a British actress with numerous UK credits. Her Stateside resume includes “Penny Dreadful” as well as the film “Ready Player One.”

Weeks was educated at Roedean School in East Sussex and studied art history at the Courtauld Institute in London. She is the younger sister of Honeysuckle Weeks and the older sister of Rollo Weeks, both actors.

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NBCUNIVERSAL EVENTS -- NBCUniversal Press Tour, January 15, 2023 -- Pictured: NBC’s, “Magnum P.I.”, Perdita Weeks — (Photo by: Todd Williamson/NBCUniversal)


Interview with Esta Terblanche

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Actress Esta Terblanche

Interview with actress Esta Terblanche of “All My Children” by Suzanne 4/21/23

It was great to speak with Esta! I really loved her character, Gillian, on All My Children, and her relationship with Ryan Lavery (played by Cameron Mathison, who’s now on “General Hospital“).  Esta would like to get back into acting, preferably on a soap. It would be amazing if they hired her to be in GH!  Incidentally, she hasn’t aged much at all since she left AMC!


Actress Esta TerblancheEsta TerBlanche

Actress Esta TerBlanche is best known for her contract role of Gillian Andrassy on the ABC Daytime soap opera All My Children. Her credits also include Spin City and hosting the South African youth program K-T.V.

She was born on January 7, 1973 in Rustenburg, North West Province, South Africa. She is an actress and producer, known for All My Children (1970), Germination (2013) and Three Thieves and a Wedding (1991). She speaks numerous languages, including French, Italian, and Russian and was Miss Teen South Africa. [1991]

Became a household name on the first Prime time Daily Soap ever in South Africa as Bienkie in “Egoli – Place of Gold”.

Hosted numerous TV show: Carte Blanche, Math No Problem, K-TV, Supermodel, Wish you were Here, Series of Documentaries by filmmaker Michael Kastenbaum, Documentaries by Neil Sandilands.

Played lead in short film Germination directed by Neil Sandilands.

Played lead in film “Three Thieves and a Wedding”.

Had a lead in a Pilot directed by Neil Sandilands.

Hosted Soap Opera Digest Awards Show

Been on Various Talk Shows/Entertainment Show: Entertainment Tonight (ET), Good Morning America, Extra, Gayle King Talk Show, Pasella, Kwêla.

– Voted as one of the 50 most beautiful women on Television

– Voted one of the 25 most Beautiful Women on Daytime Television

– Part of 2 of the 5 most Legendary Story lines in the History of American Daytime Television

– Emmy Award Best Show

– South African Prestigious Award Rapport & Sunday Times Woman of the Year (previously won by Charlize Theron)

Jockey Billboard in Times Square with Kelly Ripa.

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Interview with Dorothy Meyers

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Dorothy Meyers of "Love Undone" on YouTube

Interview with Dorothy Meyers of “Love Undone” on YouTube by Suzanne 4/12/23

It was very nice to speak with Dorothy. She has a lot of charm and energy. I hope she gets some more good roles soon!



Dorothy Meyers of "Love Undone" on YouTube

Dorothy Meyers was born in The Garden State of Trenton, New Jersey and raised by a single father, who is retired. She is the tenth child of ten siblings. A graduate of Trenton Central High School, she made her primetime debut as a co-star on FOX’s “Almost Family.” She appeared as a co-host on FOX’s Dr. Oz Show with Chef Roble. She was also cast as Harvette Williams in “Stalked: The Harvette Williams Story” (one of her first TV appearances).  She also starred as Kim Worthy in “The Real Story with MES” and starred as a mom in Pharell Williams “Brainchild” on Netflix.

Additional TV appearances include:  The Rachael Ray Show, FOX Philly, PIX 11 News, The Morning Show on CBS, BET, The Perfect Murder, Murder Lies Here, The AVE, King of Newark and The Fearless 2. Most of these can be found on Amazon and TUBI TV. Magazine appearances include: Harper’s Bazaar, Backstage Magazine, Manhattan Digest, The Hollywood Digest, 360 Magazine, The Hype Magazine and Celeb Crunch Magazines. Interviewed by; WIMG radio station, Breaking It Down with Frank MacKay, Blog Talk Radio, and The Ktookes Spot.

Commercial/Print appearances include L’Oreal, DOVE Billboard at Times Square, Hair Secret by Finishing Touch, New Jersey Lottery, Penn Medicine, Biosil, National Ramp, Thrive Causemetics, Nurx, Google, Money Lion, Nike, Nike Jordan, Booty Secret, Bee Magic, AAA Taxi, and Badoo. ~ Written by Dorothy Meyers

Love Undone explores the complexities and nuances of two unconventional couples.

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Interview with Lolita Milena

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Actress and author Lolita Milena of the movie "1UP."

Interview with Lolita Milena of the movie “1UP” by Thane 4/3/23

It was great to interview Lolita about being an actress, her favorite TV shows, disability representation on screen and whether theatre is accessible to actors with disabilities. She has a fascinating story!



Actress and author Lolita Milena of the movie "1UP."

Lolita Milena is a paraplegic actress and author. Born in Siberia, Milena immigrated to the United States in 2002 as a toddler with her then-foster family. The fall of the same year, through child abuse, Milena was left permanently paralyzed. It was shortly after that she was adopted by her current family. Her introduction to the art form began in musical theatre at the early age of 6 years old. Having performed in an accumulated 20 theatrical productions, Milena had turned to social media platforms to create content ranging from short skits to special effect makeup. During her junior year of high school in 2017, Milena had taken on the challenge of writing a 50,000 word novel in only 30 days. Not only did she surpass the word count goal by 14,000, but she did so in 20 days. Her first published novel, “2459,” won her first place in her state for the NANOWRIMO content. Also in 2017, Milena had discovered TikTok, opening a new world of possibilities and opportunities. She had gained popularity on the platform by uploading short acting and comedic skit clips.

As of January 2023, Milena has been steadily climbing the ranks on the popular app, sitting at around 720,000 followers. In 2019, Milena was discovered by her management through TikTok, who had assisted her into the industry, eventually booking the character Jenna in Lionsgate and Buzzfeed’s “1UP”. While being an actress and self published author, Milena also begun work relationships with cosmetic and clothing brands through social media platforms. These brands including but are not limited to: TTDEYE, Abercrombie & Fitch, and OrangeJuicetheBrand Clothing. In the summer of 2019, Milena was one of the faces for Abercrombie & Fitch’s “Face Your Fierce” campaign.

Milena was adopted by her current family at the age of 2 years old after the incident. She has 8 sisters, 1 brother, and is the third youngest. She hopes to continue growing as a performer, and with her influence, show young men and women in a similar predicament that, “Just because you have a disability, it doesn’t mean you can’t follow your dreams.”

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Interviews with Alex Borstein, Tony Shalhoub, Marin Hinkle, Kevin Pollak, Caroline Aaron and Alfie Fuller

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Prime Video Celebrates Final Season of The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel Shalhoub and Hinkle - Credit: Marion Curtis/Starpix for Prime Video Copyright: StarPix©2023 All others - Credit: Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images for Prime Video Copyright: 2023 Getty Images Description: NEW YORK, NEW YORK - APRIL 11: Alex Borstein, Tony Shalhoub, Marin Hinkle, Kevin Pollak, Caroline Aaron and Alfie Fuller attend as Prime Video celebrates the final season of The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel at The High Line Room at The Standard Highline on April 11, 2023 in New York City. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images for Prime Video)

Interview with Alex Borstein, Tony Shalhoub, Marin Hinkle, Kevin Pollak, Caroline Aaron and Alfie Fuller of “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” on Prime Video by Suzanne 4/10/23

It was thrilling to speak to these amazing actors, some of whom I’ve been watching for decades. This is a great show with lots of drama and comedy. They do a wonderful job of portraying the period, too (similar to “Mad Men.”). It’s sad that the show is ending after 5 seasons. I was especially excited to speak with Alex (because she plays Lois in “Family Guy“) and Tony Shalhoub (who is brilliant in everything, but especially “Monk”).

Alex also has a special coming out later this month, “Alex Borstein: Corsets & Clown Suits.” It’s off-beat, raunchy and hilarious. I was invited to a special press screening this week for the special in NYC, but sadly, I couldn’t go. I’m sure that would have been fantastic. Shalhoub is doing a “Monk” movie with the rest of the cast, on Peacock, so I can’t wait for that.  I was particularly delighted when Kevin Pollak did his William Shatner imitation for me! By the way, a few of the questions here came from fans in the Facebook group Marvelous Mrs. Maisel Group. Season 5 has some new incredible guest-stars that you’re sure to love.  Please enjoy season 5 and these videos!

Alex Borstein (Susie) and Alfie Fuller (Dinah)

Alex Borstein (Susie) and Alfie Fuller (Dinah) of "The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel" on Amazon Prime


Kevin Pollak (Moishe) and Caroline Aaron (Shirley)

Kevin Pollak (Moishe) and Caroline Aaron (Shirley) of "The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel" on Amazon Prime


Interview with Marin Hinkle (Rose) and Tony Shalhoub (Abe) of “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” on Amazon Prime

Marin Hinkle (Rose) and Tony Shalhoub (Abe) of "The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel" on Amazon Prime


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"The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel" key art - Amazon PrimeShow Description
In the fifth and final season, Midge finds herself closer than ever to the success she’s dreamed of, only to discover that closer than ever is still so far away.

Amy Sherman-PalladinoExecutive Producers, Writers, Directors, Music Supervisors
Amy Sherman-Palladino
Daniel PalladinoCo-Executive Producer
Dhana GilbertKey cast
Rachel Brosnahan – “Miriam “Midge” Maisel”
Tony Shalhoub – “Abe Weissman”
Alex Borstein – “Susie Myerson”
Marin Hinkle – “Rose Weissman”
Michael Zegen – “Joel Maisel”
Kevin Pollak – “Moishe Maisel”
Caroline Aaron – “Shirley Maisel”
Luke Kirby – “Lenny Bruce”
Reid Scott – “Gordon Ford”
Alfie Fuller – “Dinah Rutledge”
Jason Ralph – “Mike Carr”

MIDGE’S FINAL BOW – The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel Debuts Official Teaser and Key Art For Upcoming Fifth and Final Season, Premiering April 14 on Prime Video

Mar 02, 2023 Maisel goes “Tits up” with a seven-week series send-off

CULVER CITY, California—March 2, 2023—Today, the beloved and celebrated Prime Video series The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel revealed the official teaser, key art, and premiere date for the groundbreaking series’ fifth and final season. The series, which has delighted fans for the past six years, will kick off on April 14, 2023 with a three-episode premiere and new episodes weekly.

After burning bridges and being cut from tour, Midge Maisel persisted through Season Four, rebuilding her career and reputation. The final moments of the season culminated with Midge leaving Carnegie Hall reinvigorated and ready to weather any blizzard. After an epiphany in front ofThe Gordon Ford Show’s snowy billboard, Midge is ready to “Go forward” and fight for her ascent to stardom—equipped with her quick wit and sharp tongue, and nothing else to lose.

In the fifth and final season, Midge finds herself closer than ever to the success she’s dreamed of, only to discover that closer than ever is still so far away.

Creator Amy Sherman-Palladino and executive producer Daniel Palladino have “exactly” known the series’ “last images” and “last moment” since the Season Four finale last year.

An awards juggernaut, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel has won 20 Primetime Emmy Awards,  including Outstanding Comedy Series; six Critics Choice Awards; four Screen Actors Guild Awards; three Golden Globe Awards; and more. The series has become one of the most acclaimed and beloved shows on television and changed the game of the streaming industry.

The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, from renowned creator Amy Sherman-Palladino and executive producerDaniel Palladino, is written and directed by Sherman-Palladino and Palladino, and stars Emmy winnerRachel Brosnahan, four-time Emmy winner Tony Shalhoub, three-time Emmy winner Alex Borstein, Emmy nominee Marin Hinkle, Michael Zegen, Kevin Pollak, Caroline Aaron, SAG Award winner Reid Scott, Alfie Fuller, and Jason Ralph.

In the fifth and final season, Midge finds herself closer than ever to the success she’s dreamed of, only to discover that closer than ever is still so far away.

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Alex Borstein: Corsets & Clown Suits Musical Comedy Special to Premiere on Prime Video

Mar 03, 2023

Step right up and behold this new ringmaster of comedy in her special, premiering worldwide April 18

CULVER CITY, California— Alex Borstein, three-time Emmy winner and one of the stars of the hit series The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, is set to release her first Amazon Original comedy special, Alex Borstein: Corsets & Clown Suits. The special will premiere on Prime Video in more than 240 countries and territories worldwide on April 18, 2023.

Alex Borstein: Corsets & Clown Suits is a deeply personal and wildly fictitious account of one woman’s attempt to f*** with perception. A night of comedy, music, and waxing rhapsodic.

A unique comedic special that will lead audiences into Alex Borstein’s mind through a marriage of humor and music,Corsets & Clown Suits is equal parts provocative and whimsical. Borstein’s self-penned performance showcases her captivating form of storytelling with the help of her muse and maestro, Barcelona-native musicians, Eric Mills and Salva Rey.

Alex Borstein: Corsets & Clown Suits was filmed at The Wolford Theatre—the fictional burlesque club from Season Four of The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel. The special also tapped into the award-winning Mrs. Maisel crafts team: production designer Bill Groom, cinematographer M. David Mullen, music supervisor Robin Urdang, music consultant Stewart Lerman, set decorator Ellen Christiansen, sound editor Ron Bochar, sound mixer Mathew Price, and editors Tim Streeto and Zana Bochar.

Alex Borstein is a multi-hyphenate talent who acts, produces, voices the character Lois Griffin on FOX’s Family Guy, and wrote for Showtime’s long-running series Shameless. She also starred alongside Laurie Metcalf and Niecy Nash in HBO’s Getting On, where she brought the vulnerable character of Dawn Forchette to life. Getting On rose to critical acclaim during its three seasons, as it followed the daily lives of nurses and doctors struggling with the dark comedic realities of caring for the elderly in an overwhelmed health care system.

Borstein has won two Primetime Emmys, two SAG Awards, and two Critics Choice Awards for her turn as Susie Myerson on Prime Video’s award-winning series, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel. She also took an Emmy home for her voice-over work as Lois Griffin on FOX’s long-running mega-hit, Family Guy.

In film, Borstein was seen in Love the Coopers with Alan Arkin and Diane Keaton. She also appeared in Seth MacFarlane’s A Million Ways to Die in The West and in MacFarlane’s feature film directorial debut, Ted. Previously, Borstein appeared opposite Joseph Gordon-Levitt in Scott Frank’s The Lookout, in Bad Santa with Billy Bob Thornton, and in The Lizzie McGuire Movie with Hilary Duff. Not just a comedic actress, Borstein starred alongside George Clooney in the six-time Academy Award-nominated film Good Night, and Good Luck, which earned her a Screen Actors Guild nomination for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in Motion Picture. The film was also nominated for multiple Golden Globe and BAFTA awards, and was awarded Movie of the Year by the American Film Institute.

Alex Borstein: Corsets & Clown Suits is produced by Amazon Studios. Borstein, Dhana Rivera Gilbert, and Scott Ellis serve as executive producers. Sal Carino and Matthew Shapiro are producers. Ellis directed the special.

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Interview with Todd Stashwick

TV Interview!


Todd Stashwick of "Star Trek: Picard" on Paramount+

Interview with Todd Stashwick of “Star Trek: Picard” on Paramount+ by Suzanne 4/12/23Todd Stashwick of the Paramount+ original series STAR TREK: PICARD. Photo Cr: James Dimmock/Paramount+. © 2022 CBS Studios Inc. All Rights Reserved.

This was so much fun. I’ve been watching “Star Trek” since I was a little girl in the 60’s, and I love all of the shows and movies, so I’m always happy to interview anyone from the franchise. I worked hard to get this interview, and I was not disappointed. I’ve spoken to many “Star Trek” actors in the past, but it’s always a thrill. I was trying really hard not to geek out! I’m very sad that this is the last season of this great show. I hope you enjoy the series and my interview. Todd is very nice – and a fellow geek – so he made it easy.



Season 3 Key Art art of the Paramount+ original series STAR TREK: PICARD. Photo Cr: Joe Pugliese/Paramount+. © 2022 CBS Studios Inc. All Rights Reserved.STAR TREK: PICARD features Patrick Stewart reprising his iconic role as Jean-Luc Picard, which he played for seven seasons on “Star Trek: The Next Generation,” and follows this iconic character into the next chapter of his life. LeVar Burton, Michael Dorn, Jonathan Frakes, Gates McFadden, Marina Sirtis, Brent Spiner, Jeri Ryan and Michelle Hurd star alongside Patrick Stewart in the third and final season of the hit Paramount+ original series.

In the epic, thrilling conclusion of STAR TREK: PICARD, a desperate message from a long-lost friend draws Starfleet legend Admiral Jean-Luc Picard into the most daring mission of his life, forcing him to recruit allies spanning generations old and new. This final adventure sets him on a collision course with the legacy of his past and explosive, new revelations that will alter the fate of the Federation forever.

The series is produced by CBS Studios in association with Secret Hideout and Roddenberry Entertainment. For season three, Alex Kurtzman, Akiva Goldsman, Terry Matalas, Patrick Stewart, Heather Kadin, Aaron Baiers, Rod Roddenberry, Trevor Roth, Doug Aarniokoski and Dylan Massin serve as executive producers. Terry Matalas serves as showrunner for season three.

Seasons one and two of STAR TREK: PICARD are currently streaming on Paramount+ in the U.S.

STAR TREK: PICARD streams exclusively on Paramount+ in the U.S. and is distributed concurrently by Paramount Global Content Distribution on Amazon Prime Video in more than 200 countries and territories and in Canada, it airs on Bell Media’s CTV Sci-Fi Channel and streams on Crave.

Todd Stashwick as Captain Liam Shaw in "Disengage" Episode 302, Star Trek: Picard on Paramount+. Photo Credit: Trae Patton/Paramount+. ©2021 Viacom, International Inc. All Rights Reserved.

FORMAT: Drama/Sci-Fi (Filmed in HD)
STARRING: Patrick Stewart (Jean-Luc Picard)
Jeri Ryan (Seven of Nine)
Michelle Hurd (Raffi Musiker)
Ed Speleers (Jack Crusher)
Todd Stashwick (Liam Shaw)
Ashlei Sharpe Chestnut (Sidney La Forge)
Amanda Plummer (Vadic)
Mica Burton (Alandra La Forge)
SPECIAL GUEST STARS: Jonathan Frakes (William Riker)
Gates McFadden (Beverly Crusher)
Michael Dorn (Worf)
Marina Sirtis (Deanna Troi)
LeVar Burton (Geordi La Forge)
Brent Spiner (Lore)
PRODUCED BY: CBS Studios in association with Secret Hideout and Roddenberry Entertainment
EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS: Alex Kurtzman, Akiva Goldsman, Terry Matalas, Patrick Stewart, Heather Kadin, Aaron Baiers, Rod Roddenberry, Trevor Roth, Doug Aarniokoski and Dylan Massin

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Interview with Cedric the Entertainer, Max Greenfield, Beth Behrs, Tichina Arnold, Sheaun McKinney, Marcel Spears, Hank Greenspan and surprise guest Jerry O’Connell

TV Interview!


Cedric the Entertainer, Max Greenfield, Beth Behrs, Tichina Arnold, Sheaun McKinney, Marcel Spears, Hank Greenspan and surprise guest Jerry O'Connell of "The Neighborhood" on CBS

Interview with Cedric the Entertainer, Max Greenfield, Beth Behrs, Tichina Arnold, Sheaun McKinney, Marcel Spears, Hank Greenspan and surprise guest Jerry O’Connell of “The Neighborhood” on CBS by Suzanne 1/31/23

This was a very fun interview. There was a lot of laughter.  The cast is so great and obviously get along very well after 5 seasons and 100 episodes! This CBS press day was, in part, to celebrate the show’s 100th episode, which airs this week, April 10, 2023. As you’ll read below, you’ll see how funny the panel was, and how the surprise guest made it even funnier! However, he did interrupt my question, and I wish they would have another crossover episode between their show and their sister show, “Bob Hearts Abishola!”




Cedric the Entertainer

 Max Greenfield

 Beth Behrs

 Tichina Arnold

 Sheaun McKinney

Marcel Spears

 Hank Greenspan

  Virtual via Zoom January 31, 2023

SHAWNA MALCOM: Good morning, everyone. I’m Shawna Malcom with CBS Publicity. And along with my CBS Studios counterpart, Tagan Lee Green, I’d like to welcome you all to the panel for our hit comedy “The Neighborhood,” which, as you just saw, is celebrating its 100th episode this season. The milestone episode, directed by Cedric the Entertainer, just wrapped filming last week and includes guest appearances from the hosts of “The Talk.” We will be sending out a screener of the episode closer to when it airs in April.

Today, we are happy to have the full cast joining us here during a break in production, starting with Cedric, who is also an executive producer of the series, Max Greenfield, Beth Behrs, Tichina Arnold, Sheaun McKinney, Marcel Spears, and Hank Greenspan. In a moment, Cedric will kick things off with some opening remarks, but, first, just a quick reminder that if you’d like to ask a question during the panel, please use the “raise hand” icon, and when I call your name, please remember to unmute your microphone before asking your question. And with that, I’ll turn it over to Cedric.

CEDRIC THE ENTERTAINER: Hey. Good morning, everybody. Thank you, Shawna. Good morning. Welcome, everybody, to the panel. It’s been a while since we’ve done one of these. So I appreciate it. I’m really excited to be here, talking about our show still, man. We are in our fifth season. The show has grown a lot. Of course, the cast is just really dynamic. That’s been really one of the key things, I believe, to the longevity and the success of the show that we’ve had. It’s such a dynamic cast and the way that we gel together, of course, our writing staff and just the whole family environment here. I’m really excited to meet this milestone this year of 100 episodes, something that’s very rare in the business of television these days. So we don’t take it for granted. We feel very blessed to be able to be doing a show on a big, major network at this time. And so I’m really proud of that milestone as well as getting the great news that we’ll be back for a sixth season. So, again, I’m very excited that we have the support of CBS, our fan base, people who watch us on Monday nights, love this show, and continue to support us. So thank you, guys, for being here, and go ahead and spread the word even more so. Thank you.

QUESTION: Hi. Thank you. It’s great to see you guys. Most of you have been on hit sitcoms before. What makes this one special compared to those? And will there be another “Bob Hearts Abishola” crossover?

CEDRIC THE ENTERTAINER: Is that for anybody in particular?

QUESTION: Any of the actors.

CEDRIC THE ENTERTAINER: Well, I guess I’ll jump in. I mean, of course, having someone I was a part of a show that did a hundred episodes. That was rare. I’ve been a part of shows that did nine, you know, ten episodes, and so we just are very excited about you know, I think there’s a real opportunity of having a show where you come to work, you love coming to work.

(Jerry O’Connell joins the panel.)

JERRY O’CONNELL: What’s up, Ced? Ced, what’s up? It’s Jerry. I’m getting ready to do “The Talk.” How are you, man?

CEDRIC THE ENTERTAINER: Jerry O’Connell, you look good, man. I was just talking about you. I wasn’t, right?

JERRY O’CONNELL: Is anybody else on this meeting?

BETH BEHRS: Hi, Jerry.

CEDRIC THE ENTERTAINER: Just me and you, Jerry.

MAX GREENFIELD: Jerry, you have your shirt off, and you are putting on spray deodorant. You are kind of

JERRY O’CONNELL: I’m getting ready.

MAX GREENFIELD: getting dressed.

JERRY O’CONNELL: We do a live show here. Hey, guys, congrats on a hundred episodes. I just wanted to ask, who was your favorite guest? your favorite guest costar? your favorite guest star?


MAX GREENFIELD: Jerry, your shirt is off, and you are putting on deodorant


MAX GREENFIELD: and it’s inappropriate.

JERRY O’CONNELL: A hundred. Max, we’ve been friends for a long time.

MAX GREENFIELD: Jerry, is that hair spray or deodorant? I’m so confused because you were spraying it under your armpits, and you are spraying it in your hair, also totally inappropriate, what you are doing right now.

TICHINA ARNOLD: He’s shaving.

CEDRIC THE ENTERTAINER: Is he shaving under his arms now?

TICHINA ARNOLD: Let him shave.

MAX GREENFIELD: I don’t think you know that you are on camera, Jerry.

JERRY O’CONNELL: By the way, such an honor to be a part of “The Neighborhood” and the hundred episodes. If anyone wants, I have these little autograph cards that I give out. I signed my name. I’m going to give them to anybody.


JERRY O’CONNELL: I get to sign my name.

MARCEL SPEARS: Jerry, I’d like one.

CEDRIC THE ENTERTAINER: I’ve been folding those up and using them to balance out my table at restaurants.


JERRY O’CONNELL: Hey, guys, I did want to jump in, and I wanted to say congratulations. It was so much fun seeing how everybody works. And you realize why there’s been a hundred episodes, and there will probably be a hundred more. I’m going to go do a live show.

MAX GREENFIELD: You so should have done that just the way you did and not had to open up with your shirt off and spraying hairspray under your arms.

JERRY O’CONNELL: I just wanted to show everyone my process and the magic of TV. I love you guys.

SHEAUN MCKINNEY: Thank you, man.

TICHINA ARNOLD: We love you, Jerry. We love you, Jerry.

MAX GREENFIELD: We can get in a lot of trouble for showing your process to people, Jerry.

TICHINA ARNOLD: Jerry is a nut, man.

MAX GREENFIELD: Jerry guest starred in our hundredth episode, for those of you who are confused.

CEDRIC THE ENTERTAINER: It was literally one scene, guys. So I don’t know what the whole thing is where he needed all of this.

MARCEL SPEARS: I think it was a memorable scene. It was memorable.

TICHINA ARNOLD: Very memorable, yeah.

CEDRIC THE ENTERTAINER: We could not get him to take his shirt off, and, eventually, I guess, it finally happened, like, days later where he decided, like, “Yes. Do you know what? I’ll do it.” So he made an effort.

MARCEL SPEARS: I was honestly jealous because I didn’t get a chance to none of my scenes were with him, but I know, like, Max and Beth, you guys got a scene with him.


CEDRIC THE ENTERTAINER: Yeah. Beth got, on her own, to be approved by Jerry O’Connell.

BETH BEHRS: Monkeying, too, to Jerry O’Connell, I

CEDRIC THE ENTERTAINER: From Max, from Jerry O’Connell, but it was a very tight group.

TICHINA ARNOLD: Inside joke. Inside joke.

BETH BEHRS: As you can see, this cast has many inside jokes. That’s why we are all dying right now.


BETH BEHRS: Well, to piggyback off of the question that you asked 20 minutes ago

TICHINA ARNOLD: Yes, please, do that.

BETH BEHRS: this that you saw right here is different from any job I’ve been a part of, and I think you can tell, like, there is a certain camaraderie here and a certain amount of fun. Like, there’s never a day where I wake up and I’m, like, bummed to go to work. It’s, like, no matter what’s happening in my personal life, I come here, and I laugh all day long with these people. And our crew is the same way. I’ve never been around a tighter crew of 300 people, and, you know, the way everyone stands up for each other. And when someone gets cancer or someone needs fertility treatments, this is a cast and crew that literally comes together and pools all of our money and fights for our own, and I’ve never been a part of something like that. So that’s why we want to do 200 more. We just want to hang out all day.

TICHINA ARNOLD: And, hence, why we were able to laugh. We are survivors. We are survivors. We are here five seasons later and still, you know, coming into people’s homes and making you feel better.

QUESTION: Hi. My question is for Cedric. You have the unique opportunity to say your own words on stage as a stand up comedian and saying the words in a sitcom situation. How are they different? And how are they the same?

CEDRIC THE ENTERTAINER: You know, I guess, one, by being the executive producer of this show, I actually have a lot of voice and opportunity to make sure that the show is in tone, that we do try to be very real to the characters and what the characters are saying and what we want to convey. Each actor has an opportunity to as we are developing the show, we get the words from the writer. We get the scripts. But almost every actor on this show, if they have something that they want to say with a scene, if they have something that they feel like they want to get off, I’m a big supporter of that.

So I think that that is where it kind of parallels the stand up is the opportunity for inside the show, inside the character, for us to actually take on subject matters, say things in a different way, find the words in which either you, as a person, as an actor, would like to say something or uncomfortable with saying something and then have the ability to be able to change that and make it work. The thing about stand up I always say this about being the last stand up performing: You just don’t get any better than that as an opportunity of just, kind of, walking out and truly voicing your own opinion and letting that go into the world.

Now, of course, in the day of the cancel culture, even that is something that you have to approach with great care and trepidation. You can’t be careless and reckless knowing that for me, it is that I do have all of these other people that are counting on me to be able to come to work and do a job. And if I go out there and get us canceled by saying some joke that was reckless and careless and ruthless and mean spirited, then I can damage it for other people. So these are things that you have to be a lot more aware of nowadays than you used to be as a comedian, but I do embrace the freedom of being able to go on stage and just, kind of, saying what I’m thinking.

QUESTION: Well, thank you, guys, and I wish you another 200.

CEDRIC THE ENTERTAINER: Thank you, brother.

QUESTION: Hello, everyone. Thanks for doing this. My question is for Beth. A hundred episodes, Gemma wears a lot of hats: neighbor, family woman, school administrator.

What is your view, over 100 episodes, of the arc that Gemma has gone through?



BETH BEHRS: Good to hear your voice.

QUESTION: Thank you.

BETH BEHRS: It’s been a long time.


BETH BEHRS: Yeah, she has worn a lot of hats, and I really think, especially her, sort of, relationship to motherhood I think Tichina’s character, Tina, and Gemma have really gone on a journey, both, in their friendship, but I was thinking about it recently, about also what she’s learned from Tina as a mother. And I think that that’s something super special that I’ve seen play out on this show and also in my personal life with Tichina as my friend now becoming a mother. So I think she’s grown in a lot of ways, as I have.

That’s one of the cool things about being on even on “Two Broke Girls,” it was my whole twenties, and this has been almost my whole thirties. And it’s like you are growing up with your character. So it’s just kind of meta and cool to play out. But I’m excited to see what we can do in the future because, like Cedric said, I think there’s just so many ways to go with this because these families are growing in real time, in real world society, like all of us are. And so, yeah, I’ve really enjoyed growing up on this show and growing together with this group of people.

QUESTION: Thanks a lot.

QUESTION: Yeah. This is for Max and Cedric. They say, nowadays, a lot of people just don’t see their neighbors very much. They just don’t meet them. So I was wondering, for you guys, first of all, when you were growing up, did you have a neighborhood like this where you knew your neighbors and talked to them? And, nowadays, do you have that kind of a situation, or do you wish it was like on the show? Max first.


MAX GREENFIELD: Yeah, I don’t know. When I was growing up, I grew up in a neighborhood where we definitely knew our neighbors. You were able to walk around the town, and it felt like I had a lot more freedom back then. It was a smaller town in upstate New York. And now I know none of my neighbors, and I care not to.


QUESTION: How about you, Cedric?


MAX GREENFIELD: People are weird these days. I’m not I’m not I don’t know.

CEDRIC THE ENTERTAINER: Yeah, the same thing. I grew up in St. Louis, definitely the kind of neighborhood where you knew everybody up and down the block, the different families. You knew their parents, you know. You knew the houses not to go to. All of these things were a part of being a great neighborhood. Now, of course, it’s very different. One, I’m extremely rich. I have to live behind 13 gates, I believe, right now, if I’m counting. There’s, like, several security guards to even get to my own bedroom, I believe.

No. But it is so different. It is one of these things, like you know, the pandemic was really good for that, though, for that particular reason in the sense that everybody had to get outside. We were walking. And that was the first time that, you know, in recent years, that I must say I had an opportunity to kind of find out people who lived near me and see their faces and knew who they were. We didn’t live in a car.

MAX GREENFIELD: You didn’t meet any of those people.

CEDRIC THE ENTERTAINER: I did, man. I know them.

MAX GREENFIELD: No, you didn’t.

CEDRIC THE ENTERTAINER: I know people now. I forgot their names.

MAX GREENFIELD: You didn’t meet any of those people.

CEDRIC THE ENTERTAINER: I met them. At the time, I knew them well.


CEDRIC THE ENTERTAINER: But, since then, we are back in our cars. We don’t see each other.

MAX GREENFIELD: Name one neighbor.

CEDRIC THE ENTERTAINER: It’s, uh oh, here Victor. Victor.

MAX GREENFIELD: That’s our director, Cedric.

CEDRIC THE ENTERTAINER: Oh, yeah. John and Karen. John and Karen, they live around there.

MAX GREENFIELD: Those aren’t real people, Cedric. Those aren’t real people.

QUESTION: Hi, guys. Thanks for talking to us today. So a couple of minutes ago, you were talking about growing. So I’m just curious, after having doing this so many years, are there still things that you learn about acting, about comedy, that kind of thing, from each other, just kind of as you go?

CEDRIC THE ENTERTAINER: Sheaun, Marcel, are you guys going to jump in?

SHEAUN MCKINNEY: Yeah. For me, absolutely. I’m surrounded by some of the funniest people, I think, on TV and in this profession from Cedric, of course, and Tichina and Beth and Max. And Marcel is freaking hilarious. Hank is funny. So I’m learning still how to craft jokes, how to make something work that’s not working in physical comedy because Tichina and Beth are amazing at physical comedy, and that doesn’t come easy. And they are naturally great at it, and so is Max and Marcel. And Hank’s capacity to understand things at his age is amazing. So I’m learning every single day to be a student of each one of these people.

MARCEL SPEARS: Yeah. I think, personally, I’m learning how to teach because I am a complete human being. I’m perfect, and I don’t


MARCEL SPEARS: have to learn anything from any of these people.


MARCEL SPEARS: I do have a master’s degree

SHEAUN MCKINNEY: A great actor.

MARCEL SPEARS: from Columbia University.

BETH BEHRS: He’s the only one with a master’s, so

CEDRIC THE ENTERTAINER: A master’s from Columbia.

MARCEL SPEARS: Yeah, Columbia. No. Every day is, like, the best class ever. It’s the best acting class. It’s the best class in how to be a producer. It’s the best class in directing. It’s an honor and a privilege every day to come to work because of how much I am learning from these people, and then I just get to turn up and have fun, which is also so really good for me.

QUESTION: The rest of you have to say you have a master’s degree from the Columbia Broadcasting System.


QUESTION: But when was the turning point for this show? Because, in the beginning, it was just this antagonistic kind of relationship between neighbors, but it shifted. When was that, and when did you see that shift?

CEDRIC THE ENTERTAINER: You know, it was actually very intentional, though. It was one of those things that in order to really get to the show that we were intending to do is to show the kind of contentious nature of what happens when people just assume somebody is different from you because of skin color, religion, background, whatever these things that this natural assumption that we kind of live in a culture where, if somebody is different from me, I don’t like them.

That’s what it is; right? It takes you back to the, kind of, early Norman Lear shows with, you know, “All in the Family,” “The Jeffersons.” And so that was, kind of, very intentional in the way we — especially me, the way I wanted to approach the show. And so, of course, Max the actors and the people that you meet just come in, and they are just, you know we were friends. We were friendly. We enjoyed each other. We laughed a lot. We got each other’s sense of humor, and so it’s harder to act that when you have this kind of natural connection.

So, eventually, it just made sense to kind of lean towards the friendship if we wanted to tell a funnier show. Plus, we didn’t want to be like this was a situational comedy. We are not here to argue each week or everybody stand on their soapboxes. So it started to be toward the end of the first season where we wanted to lay in this idea that there was hope, that there was this opportunity for these guys to find common ground. And so, when we kind of started this second season, we had a great opportunity to do something unique there, and so that was the spirit of the attitude of the show, and I think that’s the thing that people can really chew on about it. And now it’s just really fun, digestible, fun people, watching them be on the show together. We don’t really care about the racial dynamics or anything anymore. We are just, like, “They are friends.” I love it.

QUESTION: Thank you.

CEDRIC THE ENTERTAINER: But you earn that.

QUESTION: Hi. One of the things that we talked about one of the things that is promoted here is the idea that you can take really serious subjects and explore them more if you make people laugh about them. Have you found that to be true? Let’s ask Max and Tichina and Marcel.

MAX GREENFIELD: Yeah. I think it goes back a little bit to what Cedric said. When we discovered these characters and we discovered their relationships with each other, I think that then allows you to tackle more difficult subjects with a sense of humor because we and the audience are familiar with who these people are and where they are coming from.

TICHINA ARNOLD: Well, I love uncomfortable laughter, and the reason why I love uncomfortable laughter, there’s a reason why a person is uncomfortable. That’s because they are learning as they are laughing. And I am a true believer in, if it’s funny, I’m doing it. And I think, if a lot of people in the industry took more of that type of approach, we would be able to they would be able to be like this show and what this show has done. It has opened a lot of doors. It’s bridged a lot of gaps racially.

Just between each other on set, you know, like Beth said earlier, we teach each other about each other and about each other’s culture. So it’s a very fine line, and it’s awesome to have someone like Cedric The Entertainer, who is at the helm of that, because he keeps the integrity, he pulls us back, mainly me, but you have to have that because it comes from an honest place. So this show comes from an honest place. So we can get away with certain things. And I say “get away” loosely because, unfortunately, you have a lot of content out there, and it’s saying a lot a bunch of nothing, but this show says a lot. And so that’s pure testament to having somebody like Cedric that actually is looking it over, mulling it over, thinking it over, and culminating it to a place where it’s presentable.

MARCEL SPEARS: Yeah. I think comedy disarms you. Comedy lets down the defenses. And it’s the artist’s duty to reflect life, and I think Cedric has been really intentional. And our showrunners and our creative team has been really intentional about making a show about who we are right now as a country, as a community, like, who are we and really looking at that through the lens of comedy and creating a safe place for the people who watch this show to really reflect on maybe some serious things but also, like, laugh and get a chance to enjoy each other, laugh with each other, grow together, learn about each other from the safety of their homes, obviously from the safety of their living rooms. But I think it does the comedy of it does a lot to bridge that gap and make it more approachable and understandable and digestible.

TICHINA ARNOLD: And, Hank, how do you feel about our comedy night? Because you are, like, the only kid. And sometimes we go a little too far, but he gets it. And so I always wondered watching it because I always used to be the kid. So I always ask Hank questions as we go on. But how does it feel being a part of this type of comedy?

HANK GREENSPAN: I don’t know. It feels weird because I’ve grown up on the show. We started when I was seven, I think. That was when we shot the original pilot. And now I’m 12. So it’s really bizarre because a lot of the jokes I really just simply don’t get, and everybody will be dying laughing. And I’m “What’s the punch line? Did you say it already?”

TICHINA ARNOLD: Thank God for that. Thank God for that.

HANK GREENSPAN: Yeah. No. It’s really bizarre, but watching everybody perform, it’s a learning experience, not only for me, but for everybody involved, so yeah.

CEDRIC THE ENTERTAINER: It’s interesting. It’s funny because immaturity I said this on another interview recently is that Hank, in his latest especially in this season and watching him grow up, his timing, his ability to deliver a joke has been impeccable. Of course, when you have a young character on the show and the only kind of kid that’s in this show as a child, you are trying to figure out how to tell your tone and your adult story, and you try to give him some lines to not just let him be a straight man. And so now that he’s getting more and more maturity, you find the ability to give him lines that a kid that’s 12, that’s preadolescent, that’s, you know, in the world can say and question. I’ve just been enjoying it more and more this season. He just knocks them out of the park with these little, cool, like, flash through, walk through lines that are just awesome. Oftentimes, they are one of the funniest things in the show, and he’s just been able to, as an actor, I think, kind of grow into that and see it in that way. So it’s been fun to watch his growth.

MAX GREENFIELD: Hank, do you think that’s natural, or do you think that you learned it from somebody?

HANK GREENSPAN: Oh, it’s definitely natural. No.

MAX GREENFIELD: Do you think maybe you just picked it up somewhere? It just rubbed off on you, or are you just saying it’s all you?

HANK GREENSPAN: Yeah. Thank you, Marcel, for teaching me how to deliver jokes correctly.

TICHINA ARNOLD: There you go, Hank. That’s nice.

HANK GREENSPAN: I did it. I said a funny.


MARCEL SPEARS: I’m telling you, man, this is good.

MAX GREENFIELD: Just think about who set you up for that. No credit.

TICHINA ARNOLD: That was so good.

SHAWNA MALCOM: We have time for one last question.

QUESTION: Cedric, do you remember when you first realized you had this comedic skill? And when you realized it, what did you do about it?


MAX GREENFIELD: I can answer that. It was somewhere in Season 4.



BETH BEHRS: I’m dying.

CEDRIC THE ENTERTAINER: That late in life?

MAX GREENFIELD: I’m going to mute myself.

CEDRIC THE ENTERTAINER: You know, I think it was definitely you know, for me, it was in the junior high school, you know, eighth, ninth grade kind of era of your life when you are kind of transitioning from being your mother’s kid to this guy that’s going to have your own identity and your friend group. You are getting a little more independence. And I think that’s when my sense of humor started to, kind of, like, jump out and when I was aware of it, especially when I started getting in trouble at school for being funny, like, doing things that I thought was just, like, me being myself and find out I would have the kids all laughing.

And then the teacher would blame me for being disruptive. And I was, like, “Oh, this is something.” But because my mother was a school teacher, it was something I never really chose to look at as a kind of life goal until much later in life. I didn’t even approach stand up or anything until after I was out of college. So I never even knew I could do this as a kind of profession or anything until it was much later in my life. But I always knew that I had this thing where I could make people laugh, and I enjoyed it. So that was much younger.

SHAWNA MALCOM: Okay. Before we wrap, I’ll throw it to Max for some closing remarks.

MAX GREENFIELD: I just wanted to say thank you, everyone, for coming. But, first, before I say that, I just want to apologize for Jerry O’Connell’s behavior. He guest starred on the hundredth episode and has sort of been showing up ever since, trying to back into the show.


MAX GREENFIELD: We thought it was possible he would join this Zoom, a slim possibility. But, nonetheless, here he was today. So if anyone was offended, I apologize. I know Beth was offended. Sheaun, I could tell, was really upset. Marcel, I’ll have to Hank doesn’t understand it, what happened, but

HANK GREENSPAN: Unfortunately, I do. I saw everything.

MAX GREENFIELD: Again, that’s the timing that I taught Hank if he found it very funny. It’s quick. You know, the secret of comedy is the timing. Isn’t that right, Hank?


MAX GREENFIELD: Got it. So here


We just want to thank you guys for coming and continuing to support this show. As you can see, we have no fun here. None of us like each other. It’s a very tense environment.

TICHINA ARNOLD: Borderline embarrassed.

MAX GREENFIELD: And the idea that you have continued to support us through now six seasons or what will be six seasons, which very, very few shows are able to do nowadays and, trust me, there’s not a person on this panel or on this set that doesn’t understand that, know that, and is unbelievably grateful and appreciative of that reality. We thank you all, and you are such a part of what we do here. And thank you for joining us today. It’s so nice that we get to do this. We haven’t been able to do it since, Shawna had told us, 2018.


MAX GREENFIELD: This was a real treat. Thank you, guys, so much.

CEDRIC THE ENTERTAINER: We appreciate you guys starting this big campaign to get us an Emmy nomination. We thank all of you on there for your sincere over, overwriting about this show, saying “Hey, guys, don’t skip over sitcoms because they are multi-cams and they don’t deserve Emmys.” And this is you use our show as an example of why a show should be Emmy nominated as a situational comedy. And, just, each and every one of you, I’m looking at you on here, at your blank screens, and I’m saying, hey, congratulations, guys. Thank you so much. We appreciate it.

BETH BEHRS: If Jerry O’Connell gets an Emmy before any of us, we’re going to have a real problem, especially for guest starring. I’m just saying.

TICHINA ARNOLD: You know he’s banking on it. You know he’s banking on it.


SHAWNA MALCOM: On that note, thank you, everybody, on Zoom for joining us for “The Neighborhood” panel. Please stay tuned for a message from Emmy winning host Jeff Probst and a sneak peek at “Survivor’s” two hour premiere airing Wednesday, March 1st, at 8 p.m. on CBS and available to stream on Paramount+.

TICHINA ARNOLD: God bless. God bless.

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"The Neighborhood" key art Max Greenfield as Dave Johnson, Cedric the Entertainer as Calvin Butler, Beth Behrs as Gemma Johnson, Tichina Arnold as Tina Butler from the CBS series THE NEIGHBORHOOD, scheduled to air on the CBS Television Network. Photo: Chris Patey/CBS © 2022 CBS Broadcasting, Inc. All Rights Reserved.THE NEIGHBORHOOD stars Cedric the Entertainer in a comedy about what happens when the friendliest guy in the Midwest moves his family to a neighborhood in Los Angeles where not everyone looks like him or appreciates his extreme neighborliness. Dave Johnson is a good-natured, professional conflict negotiator. When his wife, Gemma, gets a job as a school principal in L.A., they move from Michigan with their young son, Grover, unfazed that their new dream home is located in a community quite different from their small town. Their opinionated next-door neighbor, Calvin Butler, is wary of the newcomers, certain that the Johnsons will disrupt the culture on the block. However, Calvin’s gracious wife, Tina, rolls out the welcome wagon; their chipper younger son, Marty, thinks the Johnsons could be good for the community; and their older son, Malcolm, finds Dave may finally be someone who understands him. Dave realizes that fitting into their new community is more complex than he expected, but if he can find a way to connect with Calvin, they have an excellent chance of making their new neighborhood their home.

The fifth season premieres Monday, Sept. 19 on the CBS Television Network, and will be available to stream live and on demand on Paramount+.


Milestone Episode Directed by Series Star and Executive Producer Cedric the Entertainer

The Hosts of Daytime Emmy Award-Winning “The Talk” – Akbar Gbajabiamila, Amanda Kloots, Natalie Morales, Jerry O’Connell and Sheryl Underwood Guest Star as Themselves

“Welcome to the Milestone” – Calvin struggles to find the perfect birthday gift for Tina. Also, Gemma works a connection to actor Jerry O’Connell, whose kids attend Walcott Academy, to secure VIP tickets to THE TALK for her school’s fundraiser, on the100th episode of THE NEIGHBORHOOD, Monday, April 10 (8:00-8:30 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network and available to stream live and on demand on Paramount+*. Series star and executive producer Cedric the Entertainer directs the milestone episode, featuring guest appearances from the hosts of Daytime Emmy Award-winning THE TALK: Akbar Gbajabiamila, Amanda Kloots, Natalie Morales, Jerry O’Connell and Sheryl Underwood.

WRITTEN BY: Jacqueline McKinley & Antonia F. March

DIRECTED BY: Cedric the Entertainer

*Paramount+ Premium subscribers will have access to stream live via the live feed of their local CBS affiliate on the service as well as on-demand. Essential tier subscribers will have access to the on-demand the following day after the episode airs.

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Interview with Tatyana Ali, Alpha Nicky Mulowa and Ni’Cola Mitchell

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Tatyana Ali, Alpha Nicky Mulowa and Ni'Cola Mitchell of "Giving Hope: The Ni'Cola Mitchell Story" on Lifetime

Interview with Tatyana Ali, Alpha Nicky Mulowa and Ni’Cola Mitchell of “Giving Hope: The Ni’Cola Mitchell Story” on Lifetime by Suzanne 3/8/23

This was an interesting movie because it was based on a real story of a woman who went through poverty, traumaTatyana Ali stars in "Giving Hope: The Ni'Cola Mitchell Story" on Lifetime and loss, yet she was saved by her inner intelligence, strength and perseverance. She went on to use this drive and determination to help young girls who are at-risk, even though she was a single mother with very little funds. It’s truly an inspirational story. Ali did a wonderful job with the role, and it was great to not only talk to her about the movie, but also the film’s director, and the real-life Ni’Cola Mitchell, on whom the movie is based. You can learn more here about Mitchell’s organization, Girls Who Brunch.



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poster for "Giving Hope: The Ni'Cola Mitchell Story" on LifetimeTatyana Ali stars in Giving Hope: The Ni’Cola Mitchell Story, the emotional true story of best-selling author and inspirational speaker Ni’Cola Mitchell, who after experiencing sexual violence as a young girl, founded an organization dedicated to saving at risk girls from abuse and exploitation.

Ni’Cola Mitchell (Tatyana Ali), successful author, publisher and speaker, realizes at a book signing that her calling is to help disadvantaged girls. Ni’Cola understands what it is like to overcome huge hurdles in life including a difficult childhood and a cancer diagnosis, and after putting her own writing career on hold, she launches Girls Who Brunch, events designed to make young women feel seen and empowered. With the support of her sister Nene (Nadine Whiteman Roden) and daughters Diamond (Kudakwashe Rutendo) and Destani (Mikalah Reid-Beckette), she pours everything she has into the organization, including her own money and mobilizes volunteers, coaches and community leaders to help host events. Ni’Cola is named A Woman of Worth by L’Oréal and sponsorship opportunities begin to come in, helping Girls Who Brunch expand nationally and travel to dozens of cities across the country, reaching tens of thousands of girls in the process.

Giving Hope: The Ni’Cola Mitchell Story is produced by Champlin Media. Executive producers are Barbara Fisher, Tom Berry, Suzanne Chapman and Ni’Cola Mitchell. Producers are Adam Gowland, Jordana Aarons and Cassandra Keenan. Alpha Nicky directs from a script written by Adam Rockoff.

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Interview with Stephanie Mills, Keeya King, Thomas Miles and Erica Campbell

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Interview with Stephanie Mills, Keeya King, Thomas Miles and Erica Campbell of “Pride: A Seven Deadly Sins Story” on Lifetime by Krista 3/28/23

Lifetime had a press day with the actors from this drama. It’s part of a series of movies about the Seven Deadly Sins. They previously had “Greed” and “Wrath.” You can find more information about the film in the press release below. I enjoyed watching it and being able to ask my question. I hope you’ll enjoy it, too!


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"Pride" press day poster from LifetimeLifetime Announces “Pride: A Seven Deadly Sins Story” – The Next Movie Title in its “7 Deadly Sins” Movie Anthology




Los Angeles, CA (February 8, 2023) – Following the immensely popular Seven Deadly Sins movies—LustEnvyWrath and Greed—Lifetime continues the anthology with a new sin and new movie, Pride: A Seven Deadly Sins Story. Executive produced by T.D. Jakes, Derrick Williams and Shaun Robinson, and inspired by actual events, the movie centers on the story of a famous bakery owner and reality TV star Birdie Moore (Grammy-Award winner, Stephanie Mills) whose past secrets threaten the enormous success she has achieved.  Joining Mills are co-stars Thomas “Nephew Tommy” Miles as Birdie’s son, Gabe Moore; Keeya King as her granddaughter, Ella Boudreaux; and Grammy-Award winner Erica Campbell as Pastor Trey. Pride: A Seven Deadly Sins Story premieres on Saturday, April 8 at 8/7c.

The prior 7 Deadly Sins Lifetime original movies – LustEnvy, Wrath and Greed – attracted close to 7 million total viewers in 2022.

Pride: A Seven Deadly Sins Story tells the story of reality TV star Birdie Moore (Stephanie Mills), whose carefully constructed world starts to crumble — like the baked goods that catapulted her to fame — when her family secrets are brought to light. To salvage her legacy, Birdie must let go of the pride that estranged her from her daughter. Birdie’s pride also prevents her from seeing that her son Gabe Moore (Thomas Miles) is actually a thieving opportunist and that her granddaughter Ella Boudreaux (Keeya King) is just a lost twenty-something trying to build up her life after some missteps. While pride helped drive Birdie’s success, it also made her blind to what was happening around her.  Will Birdie finally be able to see and admit the truth, or face the consequences of her pride?

Pride: A Seven Deadly Sins Story is produced by Neshama Entertainment, T.D. Jakes Enterprises, DNA Media Group and RobinHood Productions in association with MarVista Entertainment. T.D. Jakes, Derrick Williams, and Shaun Robinson serve as executive producers along with Larry Grimaldi, Hannah Pillemer and Fernando Szew for MarVista Entertainment, and Arnie Zipursky and Suzanne Berger for Neshama. Pride is directed by Troy Scott from a script written by Felicia Brooker. Award-winning composer and music director, Ray Chew, is the movie’s composer.

In addition to Stephanie Mills, Thomas Miles and Keeya King, the movie also stars Lucia Walters (Virgin River) as Shanice; and Jaime M. Callica (Ruthless) as Khalil.

The Seven Deadly Sins movie anthology is inspired by novels from author Victoria Christopher Murray, who is a consulting producer on Pride.

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Interview with Hunter King

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Hunter King of "The Professional Bridesmaid" on Hallmark; photo from Hallmark site

Interview with Hunter King of “The Professional Bridesmaid” on Hallmark by Suzanne 4/3/23

Don’t miss the movie, Saturday, April 8, on Hallmark! This was a very quick interview, but I enjoyed it. I’m a huge fan of this young actress, and I think she has a big career ahead of her. She’s already been a hit in “The Young and The Restless,” where she was half of a very popular couple as Summer to the handsome young Kyle (squish name “Skyle”). Even before that, playing Summer meant she was related to half the town on the show, making her an integral part of everything. She was also part of the four-season comedy “Life in Pieces,” which I loved. It was great to talk to her about this fun and romantic movie. It was really lovely to see Chandler Massey as her love interest, too. He is most known for playing Will on “Days of Our Lives.” Both of them have won multiple Daytime Emmy Awards and have done a few Hallmark movies, so pairing them up is genius. If you’re a long-time Days viewer, you may recognize the mayor (also the bride’s dad), Roark Critchlow, who played Mike Horton! And yes, if you’re wondering, a professional bridesmaid is a real thing. Google to find more.


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Key art for "The Professional Bridesmaid" from the Hallmark press site

“The Professional Bridesmaid,” premieres Saturday, April 8 @ 8 p.m. ET/PT on Hallmark Channel, as part of the network’s “Spring into Love” programming event.

Daytime Emmy-winning actress Hunter King, best known for her roles in “The Young and The Restless” and “Life in Pieces,” plays Maggie Bailey who has turned being an expert bridesmaid into her career. Her latest client is the mayor’s daughter, however no one can know Maggie is a “hired bridesmaid”. Maggie must hide her identity while working to coordinate three unhelpful bridesmaids, and keep Henry (Chandler Massey, “Days of Our Lives”), a local reporter assigned to the society story, focused on the wedding, even as she begins to grow closer to him. Hunter shines in this heartwarming film about love and friendship. I would love to gauge your interest in speaking with her about her role in this Spring into Love movie.

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STUDIO CITY, CA – March 20, 2023 – Hunter King (“Life in Pieces,” “The Young and The Restless) and Chandler Massey (“Days of Our Lives”) star in The Professional Bridesmaid,” a new, original movie premiering Saturday, April 8 (8 p.m. ET/PT) on Hallmark Channel.Photo: Chandler Massey, Hunter King Credit: ©2023 Hallmark Media/Photographer: Ricardo Hubbs

Years ago, Maggie Bailey (King) realized she had a particular skill set for being an ace bridesmaid – and she went pro. Now she uses her talents to help brides navigate the tricky emotional and social dynamics that go along with planning their big day in addition to the practical. Her latest client, Alexis Shepard (Francesca Bianchi,”A Million Little Things”), is the daughter of Columbus’ mayor who is up for reelection. Alexis’ wedding promises to be the event of the summer with lots of scrutiny, so the mayor’s team hires Maggie to join the bridal party and help keep everything on track. But no one can know that Maggie is a hired bridesmaid, so she is introduced as Alexis’ old friend Maisie. Unfortunately, Henry Whittington (Massey), an ambitious local reporter assigned to the society story is sniffing around hoping to get close to the mayor for a scoop on the pending development of local park land. To pull off her assignment, Maggie must coordinate three unhelpful bridesmaids, and keep Henry focused on the wedding while hiding her identity, even as she begins to grow closer to him.

“The Professional Bridesmaid” is from Lighthouse Pictures Inc. Marguerite Henry is executive producer. Shawn Williamson, Jamie Goehring and Robert Lycar serve as producers. Peter Benson directed from a script by Carol Starr Schneider, Gregg Rossen and Brian Sawyer.

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Interview with the cast of “Ride”

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2023 Hallmark Channel's RIDE Red Carpet Premiere - Tyler Jacob Moore, Tiera Skovbye, Nancy Travis, Sara Garcia, Beau Mirchoff, and Jake Foy attends as Hallmark Channel celebrates the upcoming premiere of its all-new original series "RIDE" (premiering March 26 at 9/8c on Hallmark Channel) with stars Nancy Travis, Tiera Skovbye, Beau Mirchoff, Sara Garcia, Jake Foy and Tyler Jacob Moore at the London Hotel on March 21, 2023 in West Hollywood. Credit: ©2023 Hallmark

Interview with Tyler Jacob Moore, Tiera Skovbye, Nancy Travis, Sara Garcia, Beau Mirchoff, and Jake Foy of “Ride” on Hallmark by Suzanne 3/21/23

This was a fun couple of interviews, and I’m very grateful that I had plenty of time to speak with all 6 main cast members. I enjoyed watching the show’s first 5 episodes. It started off a little slow, but I believe they did this deliberately in order to not only start this epic story, but to give us time to get to know this family and all of the characters on the show. In the first episode, there are three brothers, and they all have beards. I admit that it took me a little bit of time to figure out which one was which. After awhile, the drama of the show drew me in, and it kept me interested. It’s a little bit of a family soap opera. It reminds me somewhat of “Dallas,” but without being so overly-dramatic. Of course, it’s still a drama, so they all have their secrets, and they get angry, and they fight – like any good family. There’s also tragedy, romance, heartbreak, and more. If you love shows like “Yellowstone” or “Walker,” you should love this one, too. I think the characters are more likable than the first, and the show is a bit more realistic than the latter. Enjoy these fun interviews and this new series! It premieres Sunday, March 26 on Hallmark.

Cast photo montage by Suzanne Lanoue. 2023 Hallmark Channel's RIDE Red Carpet Premiere - Nancy Travis (Isabel) and Beau Mirchoff (Cash) attend as Hallmark Channel celebrates the upcoming premiere of its all-new original series "RIDE" (premiering March 26 at 9/8c on Hallmark Channel) with stars Nancy Travis, Tiera Skovbye, Beau Mirchoff, Sara Garcia, Jake Foy and Tyler Jacob Moore at the London Hotel on March 21, 2023 in West Hollywood. Travia and Mirchoff photo Credit: ©2023 Hallmark Media/Photographer: Jordan Strauss. Tiera Skovbye as Missy. photo credit: ©2023 Hallmark Media/Photographer: Christos Kalohoridis


Photo montage by Suzanne Lanoue: Sara Garcia, Jake Foy and Tyler Jacob Moore in "Ride" on Hallmark. Credit: ©2023 Hallmark Media/Photographer: Christos Kalohoridis


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Key art for "Ride" on Hallmark. Premieres Sunday, March 26, 9/8c - Following a tragic event, a renowned ranching family must pick up the pieces to save their Colorado ranch.





STUDIO CITY, CA – March 17, 2023 – Tragedy strikes a dynastic ranching family in “Legend of the Fall,” the series debut of “Ride” premiering Sunday, March 26 (9 p.m. ET/PT), on Hallmark Channel. Nancy Travis (“Last Man Standing”), Tiera Skovbye (“Riverdale”), Beau Mirchoff (“Good Trouble”), Sara Garcia (“The Flash”), Jake Foy (“Designated Survivor”) and Tyler Jacob Moore (“Shameless”) star.

Isabel McMurray (Travis) is the matriarch of a small-town ranching family going back a generation. After losing her husband years ago, she has resiliently kept the ranch afloat and singlehandedly raised their three sons: illustrious champion Austin (Marcus Rosner, “Valentine in the Vineyard”), servicemember Cash (Mirchoff) and ever-dependable Tuff (Foy). Over the years, the family has grown to include Austin’s talented wife Missy (Skovbye) and Valeria (Garcia), a one-time runaway the family had taken in. One day, just as Cash returns home, tragedy strikes, leaving Missy a widow, the family grieving and leading Valeria to leave town without a word. A year later, as the McMurrays continue to grieve, the fate of their ranch is uncertain. Cash, who has spent a lifetime in his brother’s shadow, considers stepping into his shoes to save it – a decision complicated by Cash’s long simmering feelings for Missy. Missy struggles with her place in the family without Austin and considers new opportunities, while Isabel who has faced more than her fair share of loss, struggles with putting Cash at risk, even if it means losing her life’s work. Then Valeria reappears with more secrets than answers and the family faces an opportunity that could decide the fate of the ranch.

“Ride” is a Blink49 Studios / Seven24 Films Production. Executive producers are Rebecca Boss, Chris Masi, Sherri Cooper, Alexandra Zarowny, Paolo Barzman, Greg Gugliotta, FJ Denny, John Morayniss, Carolyn Newman, Virginia Rankin, Elana Barry, Josh Adler, Jordy Randall and Tom Cox, along with co-executive producer Alejandro Alcoba. The series is produced by Brian Dennis. Lesley Grant is supervising producer. Paolo Barzman directed from a script written by Rebecca Boss & Chris Masi. — HALLMARK CHANNEL —

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Interview with Tamala Jones, Brian White and Jackée Harry

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Tamala Jones and Brian White star in "Every Breath She Takes" on Lifetime

Interview with Tamala Jones, Brian White and Jackée Harry of “Every Breath She Takes”Jackée Harry in "Every Breath She Takes" on Lifetime on Lifetime by Suzanne 3/8/23

This is from our Lifetime Press Day. This was my favorite of the 4 movies we saw. It’s very suspenseful! I love all of these actors, and they did a great job. Harry was not originally scheduled to be there, so it was a pleasant surprise!



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After suffering years of mental and verbal abuse by her husband Billy (Brian White), Jules Baker (Tamala Jones) thinks she is finally free when a fierce physical struggle ends in a massive fire that destroys their home and takes Billy’s life. As Jules begins to rebuild her life, dark rumors haunt her when she hears whispers around town that she is “the one that killed her husband.” Things take a turn for the worse when problems with insurance arise after it’s found that the fire was intentionally set, and all signs point to Jules. She’s pushed to the edge as a series of frightening events threaten her mental stability and she thinks she’s seeing Billy at every turn. When people around her begin to have mysterious accidents, Jules start to question everything… including her sanity.

Every Breath She Takes is produced by Poke Prod in association with MarVista Entertainment for Lifetime. Sean Dwyer and Elizabeth Cullen executive produce for Poke Prod, along with Tamala Jones. Deena Sternand Fernando Szew executive produce for MarVista. Mary Beth McAdaragh and Flo and Ken Chotiner also serve as executive producers. Darin Scott directs the screenplay from Amy Taylor and Jennifer Edwards.

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Interview with Diandra Lyle

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Diandra Lyle as Jess on "Secrets of Sulphur Springs" on Disney

Interview with Diandra Lyle of “Bel-Air” on Peacock and “Secrets of Sulphur Springs” on Disney by Suzanne 3/14/23

It was great to speak to Diandra, who plays Jess on the Disney show “Secrets of Sulphur Springs” (Harper’s mother).  She also plays Erica on “Bel-Air,” which was just renewed for a 2nd season, and she guest-starred on “Quantum Leap” a few weeks ago. She’s on fire! Make sure to watch “Bel-Air” Thursdays on Peacock and “Secrets of Sulphur Springs” Fridays on Disney!



  1. Diandra recurs in the 2nd season of Bel-Air on Peacock!
    • Fun fact: the first season was Peacock’s most streamed original series!
    • ‘Bel-Air’ Adds Five To Season 2 Cast Of Peacock Reboot [Deadline]
    • Premise: Bel-Air re-envisions the 1990s Will Smith sitcom The Fresh Prince Of Bel-Air as a drama, hails from Jada Pinkett Smith and Will Smith’s Westbrook Studios and Universal Television, part of Universal Studio Group.
  2. She also reprises her role of ‘Jess Dunn’ in Disney Channel’s time-traveling mystery-adventure series Secrets of Sulphur Springs – Season 3 premieres Friday, March 24th at 8pm ET/PT on Disney Channel. In addition, the first 2 seasons are available to stream on Disney+.
  1. Lastly, she also guest starred in the current season of NBC’s reboot of Quantum Leap.

Diandra has also starred in Apple TV’s Beauty and the Baller, recurred on Paramount Network’s American Woman and on NCIS, and has had roles in ShamelessBones, A24’s Moonbase 8 and General Hospital, among other shows. On the film front, she has appeared in Foster Boy, starring Matthew Modine and Always A Bridesmaid, among others.

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Series Comes From Westbrook Studios and Universal Television 

Season Two Trailer HERE
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  • Peacock’s record-breaking drama series BEL-AIR has been renewed for a third season. Inspired by Morgan Cooper’s lauded short film, BEL-AIR is a modern-day reimagining of the iconic culture-defining ‘90s sitcom, The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.
  • Following its launch on Peacock last year as the streamer’s most-watched original premiere, Bel-Air is once again breaking records on the platform as Peacock’s most-watched original sophomore series to date.
  • BEL-AIR is produced by Universal Television, a division of Universal Studio Group and Westbrook Studios. Carla Banks Waddles serves as showrunner, writer and executive producer.
  • New episodes stream Thursdays through April 27. Season two stars Jabari Banks, Adrian Holmes, Cassandra Freeman, Olly Sholotan, Coco Jones, Akira Akbar, Jimmy Akingbola, Jordan L. Jones and Simone Joy Jones.
  • Season two saw the return of Tatyana Ali, who played the original Ashley Banks from The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, and makes a recurring guest star appearance.
  • Morgan Cooper (executive producer) wrote and directed the four-minute spec trailer, debuting the video on social media in March 2019 and quickly went viral. The trailer currently has over 7.5 million views on YouTube.
  • The season three renewal of BEL-AIR joins the additional renewals of Peacock Original series POKER FACEPITCH PERFECT: BUMPER IN BERLINWOLF LIKE MEKILLING ITDR. DEATH and WE ARE LADY PARTS.

Set in modern-day Los Angeles, Peacock’s successful one-hour drama series Bel-Air imagines the beloved sitcom The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air through a new, dramatic take on Will’s complicated journey from the streets of West Philadelphia to the gated mansions of Bel-Air. As these two worlds collide, Will reckons with the power of second chances while navigating the conflicts, emotions, and biases of a world far different from the only one he’s ever known.

Season two of Bel-Air picks up with Will at a crossroads as a new figure comes into his life who challenges what he’s learned in Bel-Air and competes for control of his influence. He juggles this while navigating his home life with the Banks family and trying to rebuild the trust that was broken at the end of last season. We’ll see Will and Carlton’s brotherhood start to evolve as they grow closer, but still challenge each other about their differences. We’ll also see Hilary evolve as she becomes more of a boss in her influencer world and how that spills over into her relationship with Jazz, and also highlight the relatable struggles around Viv and Phil balancing marriage and family while trying to forge their own career paths and reconnect to the things that are important to them.

Inspired by Morgan Cooper’s viral trailer that reimagined the iconic, culture-defining ‘90s sitcom, Bel-Air takes a fresh and raw approach to this world of swagger, style, and aspiration, while exploring Will’s complex journey through a current lens. The series features an ensemble cast that introduces new sensation Jabari Banks as Will and a creative team that includes showrunner, executive producer and writer Carla Banks Waddles and Cooper, who serves as executive producer.

Showrunner / Writer / Executive Producer: Carla Banks Waddles
Executive Producers: Morgan Cooper, Anthony Sparks, Malcolm Spellman, Will Smith, Terence Carter, James Lassiter, Miguel Melendez, Benny Medina, Quincy Jones, Andy & Susan Borowitz, TJ Brady & Rasheed Newson
Produced By: Universal Television, a division of Universal Studio Group, and Westbrook Studios
Season 2 Format: Drama series, 10 Episodes X 60 min
Series Regulars: Jabari Banks (Will), Adrian Holmes (Phillip Banks), Cassandra Freeman (Vivian Banks), Olly Sholotan (Carlton Banks), Coco Jones (Hilary Banks), Akira Akbar (Ashley Banks), Jimmy Akingbola (Geoffrey), Jordan L. Jones (Jazz), Simone Joy Jones (Lisa)
Season 2 Appearances by: Tatyana Ali, Karrueche Tran, Saweetie, Daphne Maxwell Reid, Riele Downs, Jazlyn Martin, Brooklyn McLinn, Jerris DuPree, Al-Shabazz Jabateh, Nicholas Duvernay, Diandra Lyle, Justin Cornwell and Reno Wilson

What Is Lurking in Room 205?

Disney Branded Television Reveals Official Trailer and Key Art for Season Three of Disney Channel’s ‘Secrets of Sulphur Springs’


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Disney Branded Television revealed today the trailer and key art for season three of the Disney Channel series “Secrets of Sulphur Springs.” The series, created and executive produced by Tracey Thomson and Charles Pratt Jr., who serves as showrunner and executive producer, follows the adventures of Griffin Campbell and his family when they move into The Tremont, a hotel with a paranormal past. The Children’s and Family Emmy® Awards-nominated series premieres on Friday, March 24. All episodes are available the next day on Disney+.

In season three of “Secrets of Sulphur Springs,” a new ghost checks into room 205 and starts wreaking havoc around The Tremont. After learning the evil presence will ruin their lives by 2024, the kids race to solve a tangled mystery in the past. This could be the key to defeating the ghost in the present and saving the Dunns and the Campbells from a very bleak future.

The series stars Preston Oliver (“This is Us”) as Griffin Campbell, Kyliegh Curran (“Doctor Sleep”) as Harper Dunn, Elle Graham (“Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret”) as Savannah Dillon, Kelly Frye (“Criminal Minds”) as Sarah Campbell, Josh Braaten (“American Horror Story”) as Ben Campell, Landon Gordon (“Top Gun: Maverick”) as Wyatt Campbell, Madeleine McGraw (“Black Phone”) as Zoey Campbell, Diandra Lyle (“American Woman”) as Jess Dunn, Johari Washington (“The Walk-On’s”) as Topher Dunn and Eugene Byrd (“Bones”) as Sam Tremont.

About Disney Branded Television
Disney Branded Television encompasses the creative storytellers and production and content marketing teams responsible for Disney-branded television series, movies and other programming spanning live-action, animated and unscripted formats. The group fuels the Disney+ streaming platform and Disney Channel, Disney XD and Disney Junior linear networks with content geared toward kids, tweens, teens and families, with stories that are imaginative, aspirational and reflective of their world and experiences. Recent projects include “High School Musical: The Musical: The Series,” “Monsters at Work,” “The Mysterious Benedict Society” and “Marvel’s Spidey and his Amazing Friends.” Disney Branded Television has created some of the most iconic and award-winning properties and franchises, including Peabody Award winners “Doc McStuffins” and “The Owl House”; Emmy Award winners “Big City Greens” and “Elena of Avalor”; the beloved “Mickey Mouse” cartoon shorts plus the Disney Channel Original Movie (DCOM) franchise, comprised of more than 100 titles.

Episode 301

Air Date: 03/24/2023 “Time Won’t Let Me”

Griffin, stuck in the future, learns the ghost ruins their lives. Harper and Savannah try bringing him back to the present.
Episode 302

Air Date: 03/24/2023 “Time in a Crystal”

Harper and Savannah retrieve Griffin from the future. Sam and Griffin face the grimmest truth, Topher is in a coma in 2024. The twins and Topher almost catch Savannah’s “ghost.”
Episode 303

Air Date: 03/31/2023 “Closing Time”

The twins arrive in the past and find Savannah. Griffin and Harper realize they need to go back to 1947 just as Ben makes the bunker off-limits.
Episode 304

Air Date: 04/07/2023 “Bad Judge of Time”

The kids learn the ghost has been listening to them and is changing up his malevolent plans.
Episode 305

Air Date: 04/14/2023 “Time Waits for No One”

In 1947, Harper and Griffin meet Ruby. Sarah becomes increasingly freaked out by the ghost.
Episode 306

Air Date: 04/21/2023 “Time Reveals All”

Returning to the past, Griffin and Harper watch a murder unfold. The twins and Topher go to an unknowingly familiar someone for help.
Episode 307

Air Date: 04/28/2023 “Scream Time”

It’s time to get rid of the ghost.

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Interview with Brian Gaskill

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Brian Gaskill of "A Bachelor's Valentine" on Tubi

Interview with Brian Gaskill of “A Bachelor’s Valentine” on Tubi and Amazon Prime by Suzanne 3/20/23

It was great to speak with Brian. I’ve been a fan of his since he appeared as Bobby on “All My Children” years ago. His best role on soaps, in my opinion, was playing Rafe the angel/vampire slayer on “Port Charles.”  We all loved him back then because he was a great actor, and very handsome, and he had a nice smile. Now, years later, he still has all those things, but we’ve also learned that he’s a really nice guy because of what he says and how he talks to his fans on social media. He’s an even better actor, too. Please watch his movie on Tubi or Prime! It’s an enjoyable romantic film. One correction: the movie takes place in Middletown, Ohio. I said “Millstown” in the interview, for some reason.


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Poster for "A Bachelor's Valentine" on Tubi

When Claire Knapp moves to Paul Bachelor’s small Ohio town, they reluctantly team up and work together on a project that will benefit the entire community. Claire’s vindictive ex-husband will do anything he can to keep that from happening.

Watch it for free on Tubi!


About filming the movie in Milltown, OH

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Interview with Keshia Knight Pulliam and Danika Frederick

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Keshia Knight Pulliam and Danika Frederick of "The Hillsdale Adoption Scam" on Lifetime

Interview with Keshia Knight Pulliam and Danika Frederick of “The Hillsdale Adoption Scam” on Lifetime by Suzanne 3/8/23

I love these Lifetime Press Days that the network has periodically. I get to interview quite a few people.  This is your typical Lifetime movie where a woman and her family are terrorized by villains. It has some nice twists, though. I didn’t like just one thing about it: when two of the characters each went to confront the villain, alone, at her place…are people really that stupid in real life? I don’t know, but it seems like they should avoid that kind of bad plot device. Why wouldn’t they just call the police, or take someone with them (or take a gun)? Ah, well. It’s not the worst movie and the rest of it is pretty good. Keshia Knight Pulliam is always great. As I found out in our interview, she was very pregnant during the filming, which is kind of funny, considering the other actress was playing someone who was pregnant. Enjoy the movie and this interview!



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Inspired by true events, Bethany (Keshia Knight Pulliam) and Terrence have a thriving business, lots of friends, and a beautiful family. Unable to have more kids, Bethany thinks it’s a blessing when Georgia, who is pregnant, shows up on their porch looking for help. Though Terrence is hesitant about Georgia, Bethany dives in headfirst with the idea of adopting Georgia’s unborn baby. As the pregnancy progresses, it starts to feel like things don’t seem right, and they begin to discover unsettling things about Georgia and her cunning and unscrupulous motives.

The Hillsdale Adoption Scam is produced by The Cartel for Lifetime. Stan Spry, Eric Woods, Samantha DeGagne and Devan Towers serve as executive producers and Anthony Fankhauser served as Producer with Asia Youngman directing from a script written by Justin D. James.

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Interview with Omar Miller

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Omar Miller, star of "True Lies" (photo from CBS)

Interview with Omar Miller of “True Lies” on CBS by Suzanne 3/7/23

It was really fun to chat with Omar again! He’s very nice and laid back. I hope you can watch and enjoy his show, which is a lot of fun, and our interview below.

Omar Miller with Ginger Gonzaga in "Public Secrets" episode of "True Lies" on CBS



"True Lies" on CBS

TRUE LIES, inspired by James Cameron’s hit action-comedy film of the same name, follows Harry (Steve Howey), a first-class international spy for U.S. intelligence agency Omega Sector, and his wife, Helen (Ginger Gonzaga), a language professor bored with her daily routine, who makes the shocking discovery that her seemingly ordinary husband is leading an extraordinary double life. With the secret out, Omega recruits Helen, who impresses everyone with her formidable skills (thanks to Tae Bo and yoga), and she joins Harry and his team of top-notch operatives, embarking on covert missions around the globe and an exhilarating life of danger and adventure … all while keeping their adventures a secret from their three teenage children. The renewed bond between them adds much-needed sizzle to the Taskers’ emotionally distant marriage and upends the top-secret world of Omega Sector. But, as Harry says, if you’re going to save the world, you might as well do it for the ones you love.

Series premiere Wednesday, March 1 (10:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network and available on the CBS app and streaming on Paramount+



Wednesdays (10:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT)



Drama (Filmed in HD)


Steve Howey


Ginger Gonzaga (Helen)

Erica Hernandez (Maria)

Omar Miller (Gib)

Mike O’Gorman (Luther)

Annabella Didion (Dana)

Lucas Jaye (Jake)


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Matt Nix, James Cameron, Rae Sanchini, McG, Mary Viola, Corey Marsh, Josh Levy and Anthony Hemingway

Omar Miller, star of "True Lies" (photo from CBS)


Hometown: Los Angeles



Omar Miller has a long list of television and feature film credits. He started his Hollywood acting career in the comedy Sorority Boys, which was shot while he was still enrolled in film school at San Jose State University. Subsequently, he was named Best Male Actor of his graduating class. Immediately following graduation, Miller landed a highly coveted role opposite Eminem in the feature film 8 Mile, alongside Mekhi Phifer and Kim Basinger.

Miller’s television credits include a starring role with Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson in the series Ballers for which he received an NAACP Image Award nomination, CSI: Miami, the voice of Raphael on the Emmy-nominated animated series Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and Undefeated alongside John Leguizamo.

Recently, he created and hosted Esquire Network’s reality travel series Weekend Fix, which he parlayed into #advantageOmar for Tennis Channel’s Grand Slam coverage and created the sports-oriented O-ZONE podcast.

Miller’s feature film credits include Homefront written by Sylvester Stallone and starring James Franco, Jason Statham, and Winona Ryder, Above Suspicion, The Express, Things We Lost in the Fire with Halle Berry and Benicio del Toro, Get Rich or Die Tryin’ with 50 Cent and Terrence Howard, and Shall We Dance? with Jennifer Lopez, Susan Sarandon, and Richard Gere. Additional film credits include Spike Lee’s war drama Miracle at St. Anna, Transformers, Blood Done Sign My Name, The Sorcerer’s Apprentice, and Gordon Glass, which he also had the distinction of writing, producing and directing. The Lion of Judah marked Miller’s foray into the world of animation.

Born and raised in Anaheim, CA, Miller currently lives in Los Angeles. His birthday is Oct. 7. Follow him on Twitter @omarmiller and Instagram @omarbensonmiller.

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Interview with India de Beaufort

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India de Beaufort of "Night Court" on NBC

Interview with India de Beaufort of “Night Court” on NBC by Suzanne 3/9/23

This was a fun interview with India! She’s not only a talented actress but singer as well. Check out her latest video! Most of our video was about her starring role in the new “Night Court” as the prosecuting attorney, Olivia. She’s very funny! I was a huge fan of the original “Night Court” years ago, and I was happy to see that the new one is enjoyable as well. I loved Melissa Rauch already for her role in “The Big Bang Theory,” and of course, John Larroquette is always awesome in everything he does.



Suzanne:   Congratulations on the show getting renewed. That’s great.

India:   Thank you. Yay!

Suzanne:   Yay! You’ve been in some of my favorite shows with very long names, like Kevin Probably Saves the World, which I just love, and Zoe’s Extraordinary Playlist.

India:   It’s true. I do keep ending up in shows with very long names.

Suzanne:   Well, maybe since Night Court is short, it will last longer. So, tell us how you first got involved with the show. What was your audition process like?

India:   I had just auditioned for another Peacock show. I just tested for a Peacock show that I didn’t get the part, and I was taking a little break with my husband. We were in a hotel together, and my phone rang the day that I found out I didn’t get that part, and my rep said, “Hey, we have something for you. It’s not the role that’s just gone. It’s something new, same kind of network, but it’s a straight to test,” which is a lovely thing to have happen. The test is essentially the part of the process where it’s down to you and maybe three or four other actors. You have a work session, work the part, and then you tape these days, most likely a test, and that gets shown to the studio and network, and they make a decision. So, I was fortunate enough to kind of skip all the initial hurdles that happened before that, went on to my work session with Melissa and Dan and Pam Fryman and Juel Bestrop, our casting director, had a hoot, loved them. Then we made the tape, send it off, and a few days later, I got a call that I got the job.

Suzanne:   That’s great. I thought you were British and had a British accent for some reason.

India:   I am British. My accent’s messed up. So, if I’m with my mom, the British accent comes out a whole lot more, and ironically, she’s the same. She’s from the north of England and was born with a very thick northern accent but has lived in London her whole life. So, when she’s in London, she’s very well spoken and posh, and then somebody from my family in Liverpool will call her and all of a sudden her thick scouse accent comes out. So, apparently we’re just a mess of accents, as they say.

Suzanne:   Well, it’s good for you, because you can play the American accent really well.

India:   The issue is that I now have to pay attention either way, because right now as we’re speaking, there’ll be certain words that come out where you can hear my English accent. So, now, no matter what I’m doing, I have to put on an accent. Otherwise, I just end up like a transatlantic hybrid.

Suzanne:   It’s funny. My husband’s family is from New England, and he was a baby when they left there, but his parents had very thick accents. They moved to California when he was a baby. So, he speaks with this weird accent, and he often gets accused of sounding like he’s from England or something because he says certain words strangely compared to the rest of us, which is funny.

India:   It’s fascinating. I wonder if we’ll end up sounding the same in the end.

Suzanne:   Yeah. So, had you watched the original Night Court before you got the part?

India:   I watched it once they called and said that they wanted me to test for the role. I went and checked it out so that I could get a feel for what the show was. We didn’t get it in England, I don’t think. I asked my mom, and she said she had never seen it, but I knew what it was; I just had never watched the show. So, I watched it, auditioned for it, got the job, and then binged and continued to watch it through the season, which was kind of nice, because I’d watch an episode and then go into work and be like, “So John, tell me about that time that you were jumping on tables, or jumping into a closet, or about specific guest stars,” and it was kind of neat to have that experience.

Suzanne:   Have you watched it all now, or are you still watching it?

India:   No, I still have to watch the last couple of seasons, which I’m planning to do before I start filming this current season. It’s also a delightful show to get to watch. If I didn’t have a four year old, I would I get to watch a lot more TV.

Suzanne:   Right, right. Did they give you much backstory for your character, or did you just go by the dialogue and the script?

India:   You get a breakdown when you audition. So, I had a breakdown of the character, and I got to see sort of the general gist of where they wanted to go with the role, but I think a lot of it actually also happens after you book the job. I think they have an idea. You have an idea. Hopefully it aligns. And then throughout the course of the show, we start to discover more about the character, and I think the writer is linked to your skill set and what you’re bringing to the role and she sort of evolves [it]. We do it together, I guess, throughout the [unintelligible].

Suzanne:   Is there going to be more that we learn this season about your character in terms of her family or whatever?

India:   I think we get little tidbits of information from Olivia along the way. I’m certainly hoping that in the next season, we get a little bit more. But yeah, she kind of has a nice journey throughout the course of the series, in terms of her relationship with Night Court and what it means to her, and that’s sort of a sweet sideline to follow along with.

Suzanne:   Okay, and what’s been the most challenging part of playing Olivia?

India:   The most challenging part. Not breaking on set. [laughs] Honestly. I mean, Lacretta is one of the funniest people I’ve ever met, and Olivia and Gurgs have a lot of scenes together, and she just gets me. I am the worst for being the first to go. Then, once you throw in John Larroquette throwing out zingers, it’s impossible [to keep] a straight face, and I’ve never been good at that. I’ve always been terrible for stifling a laugh. So, yes, that’s the biggest challenge.NIGHT COURT -- “The Apartment” Episode 103 -- Pictured: (l-r) India de Beaufort as Olivia, Lacretta as Donna Gurgs -- (Photo by: Jordin Althaus/NBC/Warner Bros. Television)

Suzanne:   And is there anything you can tell us about the remaining episodes that aren’t spoilers?

India:   Yeah, we have some of my favorites coming up. Lyric Lewis is going to be on the show, Melissa Villaseñor, Pete Holmes. We have some really great episodes down the line, and we may or may not have some other interesting guest stars that I may or may not be able to talk about. That should be very interesting for our audience.

Suzanne:   Oh, cool. Oh, and you mentioned that it’s easy to break up on the set. Are there any behind the scenes funny stories, anything like that?

India:   I mean, we’ve had a lot of accidents. [laughs] This poor guy came in to be in one of our – I think it was one of the earlier episodes. Wait, I should check that I’m not saying a spoiler. Yeah, I’m going to have to put a tab in that, because I’m not sure. I don’t know if I’m spoiling something or not. We have some animals all over the place repeatedly. We’ve got a really fun episode coming up that’s sort of around weddings, which is one of my favorites. Oh, Kurt Fuller also is going to be joining the cast down the line. There’s fun stuff to come.

Suzanne:   Oh, cool. And you’ve done comedy, drama, voiceover. Which do you enjoy the most?

India:   I think multicam, to me, is the biggest challenge, and I’m hoping to really learn and shape the way that I attack multicam. I just want to keep getting better and better and better at it. Thanks to getting to observe the people around me, hopefully I will learn from them, and that will help me in that journey. The most professionally fulfilled I think I’ve ever felt was probably on Zoe’s Extraordinary Playlist. I think there was a moment when I was shooting the song “Happier” with John, and both of us were standing there flooding with tears. We had been crying for four hours straight, because it’s this emotional breakup: danc[ing], singing, a beautiful performance moment, and I just remember kind of standing there thinking, “Wow, I’m really using every single skill set I have ever had in one, two minute piece.” I think both John and I kind of noted the how magical that moment was to make that together, and also to make it somebody I loved so much, it was really, really special.

Suzanne:   Great. And is there anything else besides Night Court that you’re working on or that you have coming out that you can tell us about?

India:   You can check me out on Netflix right now Firefly Lane, season two of Firefly Lane, and also in Slumberland, starring Jason Momoa and Marlow Barkley, which is a really delightful movie directed by Francis Lawrence, from The Hunger Games franchise. Currently I just directed my second music video, which I’m currently editing that [will] hopefully come out in the next couple of months.

Suzanne:   Great. Well, thank you so much. I really appreciate talking to me, and I look forward to the rest of Night Court.

India:   This was a pleasure. Thanks so much for checking out the show.

Suzanne:   All right. Thank you. Bye!

India:   Bye!

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NIGHT COURT -- Pictured: "Night Court" Key Art -- (Photo by: NBC)Night Court Tuesdays on NBC (8-8:30 p.m. ET): Two-Episode Series Premiere: Jan. 17 (8-8:30 and 8:30-9 p.m. ET)

The eternally optimistic Abby Stone follows in the footsteps of her revered late father, Judge Harry Stone, as she takes on the challenge of overseeing the night shift of a Manhattan arraignment court.

Abby always sees the best in people and her passion for justice is undeniable. In her quest to bring order and dignity to the court and reign in its colorful crew of oddballs, she enlists former night court district attorney Dan Fielding to serve as the court’s public defender. Still exceedingly self-confident, Fielding must adjust to a new boss and a new job – defending the downtrodden. And, beneath his arrogant demeanor, there is an empathetic side to Fielding that Abby is determined to unearth.

They both must contend with Olivia, the court’s officious assistant district attorney. Driven and ambitious, she views the night court as a steppingstone on her way to bigger things. Neil is the court’s neurotic clerk who loved that his job came with low expectations. That is until a new idealistic judge showed up looking to push him out of his comfort zone.

Rounding out the staff is Donna “Gurgs” Gurganous, the night court’s sharp-witted bailiff. Gurgs takes her job very seriously and is fiercely protective of her night court colleagues.

From executive producer and writer Dan Rubin (“Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt”), “Night Court” is based on the original hit series that ran for nine seasons on NBC. Melissa Rauch and Winston Rauch executive produce through their After January Productions. Mona Garcea oversees for After January Productions and John Larroquette serves as a producer.

“Night Court” is produced by Rauch’s After January Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television and Universal Television, a division of Universal Studio Group.

NIGHT COURT -- Season 1 -- Pictured: India de Beaufort as Olivia -- (Photo by: Robert Trachtenberg/NBC/Warner Bros. Television)India de Beaufort
Olivia, “Night Court”
India de Beaufort plays Olivia in the NBC comedy “Night Court.”

De Beaufort’s TV credits include “One Day at a Time,” “Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist,” “Younger,” “NCIS: LA,” “Chicago P.D.,” “Necessary Roughness” and “One Tree Hill.” Other projects include “Krod Mandoon and the Flaming Sword of Fire,” “Kevin Probably Saves the World,” “Blood & Oil” and “Jane by Design.”

Additionally, she will be seen recurring in Netflix’s hit series “Firefly Lane.”

Voice credits include series regular roles in “All Hail King Julien,” “It’s Pony” and Nickelodeon’s “Max & the Midknights.” Additional voice credits include an arc in “Fast & Furious: Spy Racers.”

Retaining her fashion influence, her jewelry line June Riot sold out. She continues to lean into her design education, having shown her first fashion collection at New York Fashion Week in 2012.

De Beaufort resides in Los Angeles with her husband actor, Todd Grinnell; their son, Crosby; and dog Kid.

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