Interview with Karen Lam

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Writer/Director/Producer Karen Lam; Photo by Tallulah Photography - © opiatepix

Interview with Karen Lam of the movie “The Curse of Willow Song” by Thane 9/9/23

It was great to talk to award-winning filmmaker Karen Lam about her upcoming horror movie, “The Curse Of Willow Song.” This movie won multiple awards, but I found her very humble about it. I can tell that she’s in it for the love of art, and she loves working with people.  Make sure to check out the trailer because it’s really cool.



Director/producer/writer Karen Lam (from her cats' Instagram)Canadian writer, director, and producer KAREN LAM is promoting her upcoming film THE CURSE OF WILLOW SONG, on digital and DVD September 26.

Lam grew up in Brandon, Manitoba. Lam‘s father, a professor, would show his daughter horror films that she cites as an influence for her work. Lam also lists Gothic literature and Asian horror films as influences. After receiving a law degree from the University of British Columbia, Lam began working at BC Film.

Lam‘s first featured-length film was Stained (2010), a thriller starring Tinsel Korey. A year later the horror revenge short Doll Parts (2011) was released and distributed, which Lam credits for paving the way for Stained to get viewership in the United States. She landed on Hollywood’s map with the starry horror Evangeline in 2013.



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Karen Lam‘s highly-anticipated The Curse of Willow Song, starring Jennifer Body’s Valerie Tian, has been picked up by Uncork’d Entertainment. The horror pic, receiving great early buzz thanks to its strong special effects, will release on both digital and DVD formats in the fall.

“The Curse of Willow Song has so much to offer. It will appeal for the genre audience but also the Asian community – as represented in front of and behind camera”, said Keith Leopard, President Uncork’d Entertainment. “Karen Lam is truly one of the most exceptional filmmakers out there, and The Curse of Willow Song reiterates that.”

Willow Song, a recovering addict and parolee, struggles to start over. Willow finds herself in a concrete wasteland. Facing isolation and displacement, shadows creep into Willow’s mind and her nightmares become too real.

The Curse of Willow Song will release on Digital and DVD September 26, 2023.

About Uncork’d Entertainment

Uncork’d Entertainment was founded in July, 2012 by Keith Leopard, a Home Entertainment industry veteran with more than 23 years of experience in purchasing, acquisitions, merchandising, marketing and analysis of major studio and independent supplier to the home entertainment market.

The Company focuses on distribution in six areas: Digital Media, Physical Home Entertainment, Aggregation, Theatrical and Television, Foreign Sales, and has secured relationships across all platforms to ensure your film reaches the widest audience possible.

Keith and his team are committed to maximizing revenue, controlling costs, and assuring their Content Partners the highest quality of service, a commitment to market and merchandise their film and a rewarding experience by partnering with Uncork’d Entertainment.

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Writer/Director/Producer Karen Lam; Photo by Tallulah Photography - © opiatepix
Writer/Director/Producer Karen Lam; Photo by Tallulah Photography – © opiatepix

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Interview with the creators of “The Inventor”

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Writer/co-director Jim Capobiano, co-director Pierrce-Luc Granjon and composer Alex Mandel of "The Inventor"

Interview with writer/co-director Jim Capobianco, co-director Pierrce-Luc Granjon and composer Alex Mandel of the movie “The Inventor” by Suzanne 8/10/23

This is a cute stop-motion animated movie about Leonardo da Vinci and his quest to find out the secret of life. It’s great for kids, families, or anyone. The music is very good, too.

The first interview was with the show’s directors, Jim Capobianco and Pierre-Luc Granjon; Capobianco was also the writer. The second interview was with Alex Mandel, who wrote the music. Both interviews were very enjoyable. I hope you can go see this film, which comes out September 15.

Writer/co-director Jim Capobiano and composer Alex Mandel of "The Inventor"





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Directed and written by Jim Capobianco (the Academy Award®-nominated screenwriter of “Ratatouille”) and co-directed by Pierre-Luc GranjonTHE INVENTOR is a stop-motion adventure film about the life of Leonardo da Vinci featuring the voices of Stephen Fry, Daisy Ridley, Marion Cotillard, Gauthier Battoue, and Matt Berry.

The insatiably curious and headstrong inventor/artist Leonardo da Vinci (Fry) leaves Italy to join the French court where he can freely experiment, invent flying contraptions and incredible machines, and study the human body. Joined in his adventure by the audacious Princess Marguerite (Ridley), Leonardo attempts to uncover the answer to the ultimate question: “What is the meaning of life?”

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Leonardo di Vinci of "The Inventor"


Days of Our Lives Q&A

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DAYS OF OUR LIVES -- Season: 55 -- Fifty Fifth Anniversary Portrait -- Pictured: Cady McClain as Jennifer Deveraux -- (Photo by: Chris Haston/NBC)

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Interview with Monique T. Parent

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Monique T. Parent (from her Instagram)

Interview with Monique T. Parent of “That’s a Wrap!” by Suzanne 8/9/23

It was nice to speak to Monique. We had a great chat. I even asked her about some makeup things after our “official” chat here. She’s had a long and interesting career. I’m not a big fan of horror movies…especially “slasher flicks” like this one, but it has quite a lot of comedy and art to it that was fascinating to see.  Monique did a great job in it.


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Known as ”The Thinking Man’s Sex Symbol”,  the sci-fi and horror vet also runs a YouTube channel offering makeup and hair tips for women over 40 as well as sharing her life as an actress. She is an advocate for celebrating natural beauty and graceful aging. She lives in L.A with her two cats.


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STARRING Cerina Vincent, Monique T.Parent, Sarah French, Gigi Gustin, Dave Sheridan



Award winning director Marcel Walz’s upcoming horror/thriller THAT’S A WRAP is scheduled to release on digital platforms on August 25th, 2023 from Quiver Distribution.  Cerina Vincent (Cabin Fever), Monique T. Parent (Jurassic City), Sarah French (Space Wars : The Quest for Deepstar), Gigi Gustin (The Retaliators) and Dave Sheridan (The Devil’s Rejects) star in a film written by Joe Knetter and Robert L. Lucas.

The cast of a film arrive to a wrap party, but someone has dressed up as the slasher in the film, and begins to stage their own kill scenes. One by one, the cast disappear until the true nature of the evening is revealed.

Joe Knetter, Marcel Walz and Sarah French produce, with BJ Mezek, Andreas Tremmel, Justus Heinz, Yazid Benfeghoul,  Tina Limbeck , Robert L. Lucas and Kai E. Bogatzki executive producing.

Says director Walz (Blind, Pretty Boy), “I’m so excited to have a colorful Giallo slasher as the first movie from our own production company, Neon Noir. Everyone involved in this project brought so much love and talent to the table and made the whole process from start to finish something special. I know the audience will see the love in the end product. My favorite film of all time is Wes Craven’s Scream. That’s a Wrap is a fun meta slasher that showcases my love for that series of films combined with my love of Ryan Murphy’s American Horror Story. As a gay director I’m thrilled to have an opportunity to have LGBTQ characters represented in the film. One even plays a key part in a scene that will no doubt get people talking about how that kill is something they’ve never seen before. It’s so ridiculous. I love it.”

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Interview with Hudson West

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Hudson West - Jake Spencer of "General Hospital" on ABC. Photo by Cathryn Farnsworth

Interview with Hudson West of “General Hospital” on ABC by Suzanne 8/10/23

It was so great to speak to this young man! I’m glad he’s coming back on GH. It sounds like he’s going to have a good storyline. If you’ve been watching the show for years, you know what an amazing actor he is.  Even more importantly, he seems to be very grounded and to have a good head on his shoulders.



Scene on "General Hospital" with Hudson West (Jake), Michael Easton (Finn), Rebecca Herbst (Elizabeth) and Jason David (Aiden) on ABC (screencap).

Born in Dayton, Ohio, Hudson West booked his first commercial at the age of six. Currently, he can be seen as Jake Webber in ABC’s General Hospital. Shortly after relocating to Los Angeles, he was cast as Andy in Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 and also appeared in True North, directed by Tom Nittoli, as well as Roads, Trees & Honey Bees. His other television credits include the recurring role of Jesse on Showtime’s I’m Dying Up Here as well as the recurring role of Marcia Clark’s son Travis on Fox’s American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson. He can also be seen on Netflix’s Grace and Frankie, Nickelodeon’s Nicky, Ricky, Dicky & Dawn, Cartoon Network’s Clarence, TV Land’s Teachers, TNT’s Major Crimes and ABC’s Modern Family and Grey’s Anatomy, NCIS LA and 9-1-1.

The ABC daytime soap opera has depicted the ongoing lives of the diverse and evolving citizens of Port Charles, New York. While delivering romance and the high-flying adventure for which soaps are often known, “GH” has regularly capitalized on its setting to present stories that speak to and enrich viewers’ lived experiences around the country.

In 2022, “General Hospital” won five Daytime Emmy Awards including the marquee Outstanding Drama Series, marking the show’s 15th win for this honor as well as the record for most wins in the category, a truly incredible fete and testament to the impact and resonance that the series has had with viewers to this day.


“General Hospital” stars Genie Francis, Maurice Benard, Finola Hughes, Kristina Wagner, Nancy Lee Grahn, Rebecca Herbst, Kelly Monaco, Laura Wright, Kirsten Storms, Dominic Zamprogna, Maura West, Chad Duell, Roger Howarth, Donnell Turner, Michael Easton, Eden McCoy, Cynthia Watros, Josh Swickard, Katelyn MacMullen, Sofia Mattsson, Amanda Setton, Brook Kerr, Nicholas Chavez, Avery Kristen Pohl, Cameron Mathison, Charles Shaughnessy, Tajh Bellow, Tanisha Harper, Tabyana Ali, Robert Gossett, Josh Kelly, Gregory Harrison and Evan Hofer.

“General Hospital” was created by husband-and-wife soap writers, Frank and Doris Hursley. Frank Valentini is the executive producer and showrunner. Chris Van Etten and Dan O’Connor are co-head writers. The series is produced by ABC.

About General Hospital
ABC’s Emmy® Award-winning daytime drama, “General Hospital,” is both the longest-running scripted drama and the longest-running American soap opera currently in production. One of four remaining daytime dramas, “General Hospital” holds the record for the most Outstanding Daytime Drama award wins, taking home the prestigious Emmy Award a record 15 times. Filmed in Hollywood, California, the show aired its 15,000th episode on June 22, 2022.

“GH” continues its tradition of passion, intrigue and adventure that has depicted the ongoing lives of the diverse and evolving citizens of the fictional town of Port Charles set in upstate New York. The glamour and excitement of those who have come to find their destinies in this familiar seaport town intertwine with the lives, loves and fortunes of beloved, well-known faces. As always, love, danger and mind-blowing plot twists abound on “GH” with contemporary storylines and unforgettable characters.

“General Hospital” is known for elevating awareness for numerous health and social issues, often ahead of its time, in conjunction with storylines including HIV/AIDS; tolerance and understanding for the gay, lesbian and transgender community; bipolar disorder, spousal abuse, sexual assault, workplace sexual harassment in the #MeToo era, gentrification, war refugees, voting rights and voter suppression, the fight for civil rights and against environmental racism, drug and alcohol addiction; breast cancer awareness; surrogacy and adoption; organ donations, autism and Alzheimer’s-related stories are all topics “GH” has trailblazed.

Many actors got their start on “General Hospital” including Demi Moore, John Stamos, Jack Wagner, Mark Hamill, Rick Springfield, Ricky Martin, Amber Tamblin, Emma Samms, Kimberly McCullough, Jonathan Jackson and Richard Dean Anderson.

“General Hospital” was created by husband-and-wife soap writers, Frank and Doris Hursley, and premiered on April 1, 1963. In 1978, Gloria Monty was brought in as executive producer and is credited with the creation of the first super-couple, Luke and Laura Spencer. Their 1981 wedding brought in 30 million viewers and remains the highest-rated hour in American soap opera history. Frank Valentini serves as “GH”’s current executive producer. Chris Van Etten and Dan O’Connor are the show’s co-head writers.

“General Hospital” airs weekdays on ABC (check local listings).

Follow “General Hospital” (#GeneralHospital #GH60) on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.

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Hudson West - Jake Spencer of "General Hospital" on ABC. Photo by Cathryn Farnsworth


Interview with Jessica Matten and Kiowa Gordon

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Jessica Matten as Sgt. Bernadette Manuelito - Dark Winds _ Season 1, Episode 3 - Photo Credit: Michael Moriatis/AMCKiowa Gordon of "Dark Winds" on AMC+ Screenshot from the trailer.

Interview with Jessica Matten and Kiowa Gordon of “Dark Winds” on AMC+ by Suzanne 7/10/23

This is such an excellent show, and was really nice to speak with these two.  I spoke with Jessica on 7/10 and Kiowa on 7/11. Although they were both via Zoom video, it was requested that I only use the audio for Kiowa’s interview. I put both up on YouTube, so I made a slideshow for Kiowa’s audio. This new season is spectacular, with lots of action, drama, more developing story, and great guest stars.

First, the video with Jessica! I hope you enjoy it.

Jessica Matten of "Dark Winds" on AMC+

Here’s the audio interview with Kiowa, and my slideshow. I’m not great with video editing. I use a free program called Clideo.

Kiowa Gordon of "Dark Winds" on AMC+ At the TIFF Premiere of Through Black Spruce. Photo from his Instagram.



Season 2 of the Noir Thriller Returns to AMC on Sunday, July 30. Available to Stream Early on AMC+ on Thursday, July 27.

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“Perhaps the most ambitious Native-led TV show ever made.” – The Hollywood Reporter 

“Gripping, gorgeously shot…” – TIME

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NEW YORK – June 15, 2023 – The highly anticipated return of AMC’s lauded hit series, Dark Winds, starring Zahn McClarnon (The Son, Westworld, Fargo), Kiowa Gordon (The Red Road, Roswell, New Mexico) and Jessica Matten (Tribal, Burden of Truth), is set for Sunday, July 30 at 9pm ET/PT on AMC, with new episodes airing weekly on Sundays. Episodes will be available early on AMC+ starting Thursday, July 27, with new episodes every Thursday. Produced by AMC Studios, the second season is comprised of six episodes.Jessica Matten as Sgt. Bernadette Manuelito - Dark Winds _ Season 1, Episode 4 - Photo Credit: Michael Moriatis/Stalwart Productions/AMC

A Martinez (Longmire, Days of Our Lives) joins this season as Valencia County Sheriff Gordo Sena, while Joseph Runningfox (The Politician, Valley of the Gods) will portray Henry Leaphorn, Lt. Joe Leaphorn’s father. This season also sees the return of series regulars Deanna Allison (Accused, Edge of America) as Emma Leaphorn and Elva Guerra (Reservation Dogs, Rutherford Falls) as Sally Growing Thunder. All join previously announced Jeri Ryan (Star Trek: Picard, Bosch) who plays Rosemary Vines, and Nicholas Logan (Dopesick, Creepshow), who plays Colton Wolf.

Season one premiered to glowing reviews, earning a 100% score on Rotten Tomatoes. Ahead of the second season, viewers can get caught up on the captivating series on AMC+. Episode 101 is also available to watch for free on the AMC+ YouTube channel.

This season, Lt. Joe Leaphorn (McClarnon), reunites with Jim Chee (Gordon), his former deputy turned private eye, when their separate cases bring them together in pursuit of the same suspect. They find themselves in the high desert of Navajo Country chasing a killer who’s turned his sights on them to protect a secret that rips open old wounds and challenges Leaphorn’s moral and professional code. With the help of Sgt. Manuelito (Matten) and Valencia County Sheriff Gordo Sena (Martinez), Leaphorn and Chee must thwart their would-be assassin and restore balance not only to their own lives, but to the reservation that depends on them.

Based on the iconic Leaphorn & Chee book series by Tony Hillerman, Dark Winds is created by Graham Roland (Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan, The Returned, Almost Human, Fringe). John Wirth (Hell on Wheels, Hap and Leonard) serves as showrunner. The series is executive produced by Roland, Wirth, McClarnon, Robert Redford, George R.R. Martin, Anne Hillerman, Chris Eyre, Vince Gerardis and Tina Elmo.

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 About AMC

AMC is home to some of the most popular and acclaimed original programs on television. AMC was the first basic cable network to ever win the Emmy® Award for Outstanding Drama Series with Mad Men in 2008, which then went on to win the coveted award four years in a row, before Breaking Bad won it in 2013 and 2014, and the network’s series The Walking Dead is the highest-rated series in cable television history. AMC’s current original series include Anne Rice’s Interview with the Vampire, Anne Rice’s Mayfair Witches, Fear the Walking Dead, Dark Winds, Lucky Hank and the forthcoming series The Walking Dead: Dead City and The Walking Dead: Daryl Dixon, among others. AMC is owned and operated by AMC Networks Inc. and is available across all platforms, including on-air, online, on demand, mobile, and on AMC+, the company’s premium streaming bundle featuring content from across AMC and sister networks BBC America, IFC, and SundanceTV as well as streaming services Shudder, Sundance Now and IFC Films Unlimited.

About AMC+

AMC+ is the company’s new premium streaming bundle featuring an extensive lineup of popular and critically acclaimed original programming from AMC, BBC America, IFC, and SundanceTV and full access to targeted streaming services Shudder, Sundance Now and IFC Films Unlimited, which feature content such as A Discovery of Witches, Creepshow, and Boyhood. The service features a continually refreshed library of commercial-free content, with iconic series from the AMC Networks portfolio including Mad Men, Halt & Catch Fire, Hell on Wheels, Turn: Washington’s Spies, Rectify, Portlandia, and series from The Walking Dead Universe, among many others. The service also offers a growing slate of original and exclusive series including Gangs of London, This is Going to Hurt, Dark Winds, and the first two series in a new Anne Rice universe, Anne Rice’s Interview with the Vampire and Anne Rice’s Mayfair Witches. With new movies released every Friday, AMC+ is the newest destination for exclusive film premieres direct from theaters all year long. AMC+ is available in Canada, Australia, New Zealand, India, South Korea, and Spain and is available in the U.S. through, the AMC+ app, and a number of digital and cable partners.


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Kiowa Gordon and young boy in "Dark Winds" season 2 on AMC+


Interview with actors from “Heels”

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Stephen Amell and Alexander Ludwig in "Heels" on Starz

Interview with Stephen Amell, Alexander Ludwig and Mary McCormack of “Heels” on Starz by Suzanne 6/21/23

This was a fun press day for the great family wrestling drama. First, there was a roundtable with Amell and Ludwig (and other members of the press). There’s a transcript below for that.  Then I had a short, one-on-one video interview with Mary McCormack. I really love the actors in this show. They’re not only incredibly talented, and in great shape, but they couldn’t have been nicer.  Check out the show because it’s worth watching.

Mary McCormack “Willie Day”


Stephen Amell “Jack Spade” and Alexander Ludwig “Ace Spade”

Question:   Both your characters go on quite emotional journeys this season, so can you sort of maybe tease where they’re at, relationship-wise, as brothers, what that’s like this season for the two of you?

Stephen:   Okay, I think, I was gonna say this in a previous interview, and then I we ran out of time, but, for Jack, I think it’s become a little bit less about worrying about Ace or worrying about Staci or worrying about Thomas or the DWL. He’s more focusing on handling his own business and taking accountability for his actions and the way that he’s behaved since his father killed himself, which has been, I think, well intentioned, but misguided, and has hurt people. So, this is very much about him, just not trying to wave a magic wand and make everything better with everyone all at once, but just taking accountability for his actions, specifically with Ace and Staci, and just saying, “Look, this, this is me; this is what happened. Here I am, hat in hand. I’m sorry. What do I do?” which is a fun thing to play, humility. You know, who knew?

Alexander:   Ace is trying to pick up the pieces, you know, he’s still a complete mess after what happened. There’s a huge rift between the brothers. This show has been so much about, it’s not just a wrestling show. It’s about family, and it’s about identity, and Ace is trying to find his identity in the ring and outside of the ring. What I love about this season so much is not only do the women lead the charge, and you get to see that on a whole other front, which is, I think, really exciting with this backdrop, but you get to see the inklings of what this could be with Jack and Ace. You know, how big this actually could be, and a road has finally caved to the kind of national sensation or promotion this actually could be, which it is exactly.

Question:   Alexander, you kind of spoke on it a little bit, but Ace really goes through a real revelation this season. Can you talk about how his view and aspect on the situations pertaining to the DWL and the FWD change and lead him towards a different path, I think, one of clarity this season?

Alexander:   Yeah, that’s a really well said. Thanks for the question. I think that, you know, again, this show has also been about mental health, and that’s becoming a big conversation in sports in general. And Ace is dealing with his own version of that. He’s been traumatized for years, and I think that his outlook needs to change on his life and on himself, because he feels abandoned by his father. And this is the first time you see Ace fully step into a role that he never, ever wanted to step into, both as a as a performer, but also as a human being, a role that he never thought that he could step into. I think towards the end of this season, you really start to see him, perhaps, become more of the man he was always destined to become. To me, what’s always been excited about this show is where it could go. In success, I think, I always had the feeling as an actor, that Ace and Jack have, you know, as these small town wrestling promotion guys, like, this could build out to something really beautiful, and that’s the hope for both of them.

Suzanne:   I enjoyed the screeners I saw…  I thought the show’s even better this season than last season. Everything’s all very exciting. Since you two are the stars of the show (if there’s such a thing as stars in an ensemble show), do you have any input into the writing of your characters or the show as it’s going on? Do they let you do that?

Stephen:   I’d say that Mike O’Malley and Michael Waldron are both very, very collaborative, collaborative people. That being said, you know, Mike will come to me for some general questions about like, you know, what would be a cool idea, but it’s very much the macro of it all, the micro, all the details. Boy, when we get a script, and we sit down for a table read, what gets said at that table read or what ends up on television are pretty much the exact same thing.

Alexander:   Which is quite rare. I’ve been lucky. I’ve only got to work with really collaborative people in general, and Mike is certainly one of those people, but there isn’t much that you would change. They, of course, they talk to you about your characters, but it’s like, it’s also beautifully on the page. I’m just like, this just seems the way it should be. Of course, when scenes come up, things happen, and you go, “I want to say this instead of that,” or whatever, of course. You know, that’s a day by day basis. But we have an incredible team with us on this show, and I’m grateful for it.

Question:   It’s obvious that this is a labor of love from every cast member in this show. What does it mean, each of you personally, to be back for a second season?

Stephen:   Second season is the toughest season to get. Well, I guess, like actually getting something off the ground and getting to shoot it in the first place, probably, technically is more challenging, but bridging that gap from a first to a second season. You know, I don’t know, it just it seems to always be where the show takes off, where you you have some time under your belt to see what works. You also have the real benefit of audience interaction and seeing what pops for people and what doesn’t. So, you know, I’ve been very fortunate. This is the second time I’ve gotten a second season, and I hope that very shortly [for] the second time that I get a third.

Alexander:   Yeah, I mean, it’s very humbling. When I first read this script, and I think I speak for Stephen as well, like, there’s not a lot of shows like this, and there’s not a lot of shows that are made like this, and that’s what drew us to it. We’re like, “When will we ever get a chance to do something like this and tell this kind of a story,” for hopefully, you know, six years plus. And it’s so far and few between. You know, back in the day, this would have been the kind of movie that would have made me want to be an actor, and now it’s TV shows, right? And I just, I love everything about this. I love that it’s flawed characters. I love that it’s a world I’m not super familiar with and that I’ve fallen in love with simultaneously.

Question:   I was wondering how Ace and Jack feel about Crystal this season, and how her actions in the finale move the story forward?

Stephen:   Well, I mean, for Jack, we’re dealing with the immediate aftermath of this. And it’s like, is it a big sea-change? Or have we just, you know, do we just call an audible and we’re gonna put everything back to where it was the next day? I think what we discover for Jack, is that while you appreciate what Crystal did, he may not see it as the big sea-change that audience members or fans or she might have seen it as. So, that’s a point of contention in the early part of the season.

Alexander:   I think, for Ace, it was the nail in his in his coffin of what used to be. So, for him, he’s just constantly taking punches, and he’s and he’s throwing them wildly, but kind of not really focusing on on what the next step should be. And I think that the second season, you see Ace kind of come to terms with who he’s always been destined to become.

Question:   So, you mentioned that they’re flawed characters, and this is for both of you, but you made me think, what has your character taught you about yourself since you’ve been on this journey?

Alexander:   I have to say, you know, I’ve gone through my own demons, and I think that’s probably why I loved Ace so much is that I wouldn’t say I’ve learned a lot from him, but I would say that I’ve had to go on my own journey that he’s had to go on before him. So, actually, I would say, Ace can probably learn a lot from me. So that, to me, was something I loved about that character, was that I’ve dealt with my own versions of substance abuse and whatnot. And, you know, when you go to rehab, for example, you’re doing three years of therapy in fifty days, right? And you get really, really into why there are certain things that are driving you to become the human being you’re becoming. So, it wasn’t that I’m learning from Ace, it’s that I’m understanding Ace, and that’s why I loved him, is that I understood that underneath these child like temper tantrums that he throws and these irrational outbursts, there is a child crying for help. And the saddest thing about it is that only he can save himself from it. There’s nobody else who can do it for him. He’s looking for all this external validation, when in actuality, the only thing that is ever going to save him is himself and coming to terms with himself and his father’s suicide. So, to me, I thought Ace was such a beautiful character, because you love to love him, and you love to hate him.


Question:   What about you, Stephen?

Stephen:   It’s really, really simple. Pride comes before the fall. I’m dealing with this situation in my own life personally, right now, where a good friend of mine that I trust a lot is saying to me, “You have to take the emotion out of it.” Like, that’s impossible. He’s like, “No, it’s not. You have to take the emotion out of it, because the goal should be the outcome.” And that’s something that, you know, Jack is put in this position right now, where throughout the course of this season, he has to eat shit, multiple times. Not get shit on, like, Alexander, but each shit. And it’s like, well, listen, you have to eat it one way or the other. So, do you want to do with a smile on your face, or do you want to kick and scream the entire way? And that’s just been because he lets his emotions get in the way, and he’s prideful. So, I’m trying to learn that lesson to just not be that way personally, and I’m learning a lot watching how how things mess up for Jack. Yeah, it’s proven to be the right way to go about things.

Question:   For Stephen, so, I know we’ve kind of talked about Jack and Ace’s dynamic, but I want to talk about Jack and Staci’s relationship, because at the end of season one, it’s very strained, as Jack continues to put the DWL over his family. What can we expect throughout season two? Will we get to see Jack put the real work into that relationship and winning her back, or will that sort of fall on the back-burner and happen off scene?

Stephen:   No, we come to a resolution with Jack and Staci in the early part of the season. Then, I think their relationship gets into a great place, which I was very happy about, because I think that the the troubled marriage or, you know, the conceit of like the nagging spouse, be the husband or the wife, it’s not tired – well, it’s a little tired, I think, personally. So, I thought it’d be fun, and I think Mike thought it’d be fun too, to examine, like, a relationship where, look, these guys love each other, but life isn’t perfect, but here’s what they’re gonna do. And this is the important thing, is they’re going to show up one another, and they’re going to be honest with one another about everything, about the big things, the little things, not just the Kleenex and trying to destroy Ace’s life, but like, you know, were you on time for work today? Or were you five minutes late? You could say you’re on time, but no, you say you’re five minutes late, honestly, about everything. And, in that sense, too, I’ve been learning from Jack, because that’s an important thing, being honest, just even about little things, especially about the little things.

Suzanne:   I know that you guys were both really fit before you did this show, but did you have to add on extra workouts in order to play people who are basically running around in their underwear quite often?

Alexander:   It wasn’t as much of an aesthetic thing, just like looking good and tight as opposed to literally being able to withstand what’s asked of us physically. So like, when we weren’t filming, we were literally in the gym with our stunt team, training specific ways to be able to withstand what we had to do. And I’m talking like, you know, it’s nothing compared to what these actual guys do in real life, but it is really, really tough on your body, and it’s something that Stephen and I can’t fake. It’s like, we have to do it. So, when you see somebody doing a backflip off the top turnbuckle that’s something I have to be able to do. Or you see Stephen doing a suplex it’s something he has to be able to do, and they don’t want us to get injured. So, that’s the most important thing.

Stephen:   Yeah, like, there’s no way around it. It’s not like taking a flat back bump gets easier in the same way that like if you start weight training a bunch, the pads of your hands, like you’re gonna get all these blisters. The blisters don’t go away, they callus. And when you learning how to bump in the ring and stuff like that, it doesn’t get easier. You just get used to it. It’s like a cold plunge; it doesn’t get easier. You just get used to it. And I wouldn’t say that we added anything, but what we did and what the production did, which was very, very helpful, is we just said, “Listen, if we’re going to be playing wrestlers on TV, then we need to look like wrestlers on TV, and in order to do that, we need to be in wrestler shape and have wrestler bodies, which come in many shapes and forms and sizes.” But they did a great job of building us a gymnasium, building us a program, and then enforcing it and making it part of our schedules, so that it’s not our responsibility to find the motivation on a Thursday when we’re not working to get to the gym at 10 o’clock. No, it’s on the schedule. We have to go. We’re contractually obligated. But we just go.

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"Heels" season 2 premieres on Starz July 28!

Santa Monica, Calif. – June 29, 2023 – STARZ released today the trailer and key art for season two of the critically-acclaimed drama Heels,” which returns to the ring for season two on Friday, July 28 at midnight (ET) on the STARZ app. Starring Stephen Amell (“Arrow”) and Alexander Ludwig(“Vikings”), the small-town sports drama series based on a wrestling league in rural Georgia will also debut via linear tv on STARZ at 10:00 PM ET/PT in the U.S. and Canada on Friday, July 28, 2023.
Heels” is aptly named after the wrestling term for a villain or antagonist. Most stories center around heroes vs. villains, but in wrestling, it’s faces vs. heels. Season two brings fans back to the family-owned wrestling organization, Duffy Wrestling League (DWL), where brothers and rivals, Jack (Amell) and Ace Spade (Ludwig), continue to fightover their late father’s legacy and their individual versions of success, while also working to find their own identity as a “face” or a “heel.” The show invokes feelings of nostalgia akin to  “Friday Night Lights,” while covering topics like the effects of trauma on communities, finding personal identity, and women taking the lead in every facet. It is centered around a small-town community where everyone knows each other and everyone in town follows the saga of the Heels and Faces in the DWL.    
Season two also stars Alison Luff (“New Amsterdam”) as Staci Spade, Mary McCormack (“Deep Impact,” “The L Word”) as Willie Day, Kelli Berglund (“The Goldbergs,” “The Animal Kingdom”) as Crystal Tyler, Allen Maldonado (House Party, “The Wonder Years,” “The Last O.G.”) as Rooster Robbins, Chris Bauer (“Gaslit,” “Survivor’s Remorse,” “True Blood”) as Wild Bill Hancock, Trey Tucker (“The Outpost”) as Bobby Pin, Robby Ramos (“Chicago P.D.”) as Diego Cottonmouth,Alice Barrett Mitchell (“The Thing About Pam,” “Billions”) as Carol Spade, Roxton Garcia(“Reminensce”) as Thomas Spade, David James Elliott (Trumbo, “JAG”) as Tom Spade, Joel Murray(“Mad Men,” “Shameless”) as Eddie Earl, CM Punk(“Mayans,” “AEW Dynamite”) as Ricky Rabies, AJ Mendez (“Women of Wrestling,” “WWE”) as Elle Dorado, Josh Segarra (Scream VI, “Arrow,” “The Other Two”) as Brooks Rizzo, and Emmy Raver-Lampman as Jen Lussier.
Heels” showrunner and executive producer Mike O’Malley (“Survivor’s Remorse,” “Shameless”) also portrays Charlie Gully on the series. Michael Waldron (“Loki,” Dr. Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, “Rick and Morty”) is the show creator.Christopher Donnelly (By Sidney Lumet), Pete Segal (Get Smart, 50 First Dates, Tommy Boy,“Shameless”), Patrick Walmsley (JT LeRoy), and Julie Yorn (Hell or High WaterWhite Boy Rick) also serve as executive producers on the series. “Heels” is produced through O’Malley Ink and LBI Entertainment in association with Lionsgate Television for STARZ. 
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About “Heels” Season Two
Heels” is a drama that follows Jack (Stephen Amell) and Ace Spade (Alexander Ludwig), two brothers and rivals who war over their late father’s wrestling promotion, vying for national attention in small-town Georgia. In the ring, one is a villain, or “heel,”; the other a hero, or “face.” Season two begins after a spectacular showing at the South Georgia State Fair, the Duffy Wrestling League’s popularity is suddenly on the upswing. Hoping to seize the opportunity, Jack and his cohorts prepare for a possible business deal with a new streaming service that may propel them onto a national stage. But the past and its tragedies threaten to upset everything when Ace leaves Duffy and the Dome in his rearview, and rival promotion Florida Wrestling Dystopia’s vengeful frontman Gully comes calling.”
About STARZ 
STARZ (, a Lionsgate company, is a leading global media streaming platform committed to delivering premium content that amplifies narratives by, about and for women and underrepresented audiences. STARZ is home to the highly rated and first-of-its-kind STARZ app that offers the ability to stream or download STARZ premium content, as well as the flagship domestic STARZ® service, including STARZ ENCORE, 17 premium pay TV channels, and the associated on-demand and online services. In 2018, STARZ launched its international premium streaming platform STARZPLAY, now LIONSGATE+, to provide subscribers access to bold, curated storytelling. LIONSGATE+, coupled with the STARZPLAY ARABIA joint venture in MENA and Lionsgate Play in South and Southeast Asia, has a footprint that extends across the globe. STARZ and LIONSGATE+ are available across digital OTT platforms and multichannel video distributors, including cable operators, satellite television providers, and telecommunications companies around the world. In February 2021, STARZ launched #TakeTheLead, a multi-faceted and innovative inclusion initiative expanding its existing efforts to improve representation on screen, behind the camera and throughout the company. 
About Lionsgate 
Lionsgate (NYSE: LGF.A, LGF.B) encompasses world-class motion picture and television studio operations aligned with the STARZ premium global subscription platform to bring a unique and varied portfolio of entertainment to consumers around the world. The Company’s film, television, subscription and location-based entertainment businesses are backed by an 18,000-title library and a valuable collection of iconic film and television franchises. A digital age company driven by its entrepreneurial culture and commitment to innovation, the Lionsgate brand is synonymous with bold, original, relatable entertainment for audiences worldwide.

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Interview with Alyson Levy and Alissa Nutting

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Alyson Levy and Alissa Nutting, creators of "Teenage Euthanasia" on Adult Swim

Interview with Alyson Levy and Alissa Nutting, creators of “Teenage Euthanasia” on Adult Swim by Suzanne 7/18/23

I enjoyed speaking with these two women. They’re very funny and talented. If you like funny animated cartoons, check out their show. It starts today!



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About Teenage Euthanasia:

Adult Swim returns to the Tender Endings Funeral Home when season two of the adult animated comedy Teenage Euthanasia debuts Wednesday, July 26 at Midnight ET/PT and streams the next day on Max. Set in near-future inland Florida, this series follows the latest undead adventures of the Fantasy family voiced by Maria Bamford (Lady Dynamite), Emmy® Award-winner Bebe Neuwirth (Cheers), Jo Firestone (Joe Pera Talks With You) and Emmy® Award-winner Tim Robinson (I Think You Should Leave with Tim Robinson).

Returning with ten all-new episodes, the second season of Teenage Euthanasia features a massive lineup of guest voices including:

  • Ann Dowd (Garden State, The Manchurian Candidate)
  • Chris Redd (Saturday Night Live)
  • H. Jon Benjamin (Archer, Bob’s Burgers)
  • J. Smith Cameron (Succession)
  • Janelle James (Abbott Elementary)
  • Jinkx Monsoon (RuPaul’s Drag Race)
  • Joe Pera (Joe Pera Talks With You)
  • Kieran Culkin (Succession)
  • Lori Tan Chinn (Awkwafina Is Nora from Queens, Orange is the New Black)
  • Sophia Bush (One Tree Hill)
  • Tim Heidecker (Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Office Hours, Killing It)
  • Ziwe Fumudoh (Ziwe)
  • and more.

Teenage Euthanasia centers on the Fantasy Family: Grandma Baba, her adult children Uncle Pete and Trophy, and Trophy’s teenage daughter, Euthanasia (“Annie”), a name accidentally given to her during the time of Trophy’s own unbearable suffering. The half-hour animated series is co-created by Nutting, a novelist and screenwriter/showrunner (Made for Love), and Emmy® Award-nominated producer Levy (The Shivering Truth, Xavier Renegade Angel). Teenage Euthanasia is produced by PFFR and animated by Atomic Cartoons. Executive producers include creators Nutting and Levy as well as Lisa M. Thomas, Vernon Chatman, and John Lee, with Scott Adsit as co-executive producer and Jo Firestone as producer.

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Interview with “Shark Week” hosts

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Interview with hosts of “Shark Week” on Discovery by Suzanne 7/17/23

This was very enjoyable! I don’t normally watch non-fiction shows, but they definitely make these shows fun as well as educational. “Shark Week” is celebrating it’s 35th year and the popular actor Jason Momoa is hosting it. Tune in starting today, 7/23/23.  Here’s the schedule of shows. I watched quite a few of them. I was pleased to speak to these hosts, who all share a great love for the ocean, its creatures and for our planet (and for the future of all of those things). Below are the videos for my interviews. Enjoy!

Click on the names of the hosts to see more about them!

Dr. Austin Gallagher – “Belly of the Beast” and “Monster Mako: Fresh Blood”’


Tom Hird – “Cocaine Sharks” and “Great White Fight Club”


Forrest Galante – “Alien Sharks: Strange New Worlds”



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More Shark Week Clips!

Shark Week 2023 Lineup:

Sunday, July 23

“Belly of the Beast: Feeding Frenzy” premieres at 8PM ET/PT on Discovery

In a Shark Week first, researchers with cameras brave a great white shark feeding frenzy from inside a life-size whale decoy. Their findings could be the key to finding the biggest great white shark in South African history.

“Jaws vs The Meg” premieres at 9PM ET/PT on Discovery

The MEG, a massive shark measuring 50 feet and weighing 60 tons, was once feared as the most fearsome predator. It could devour a killer whale effortlessly, but new evidence suggests that its cousin, the great white shark, may have caused its extinction.

“Serial Killer: Red Sea Attacks” premieres at 10PM ET/PT on Discovery

Shark attack investigator Brandon McMillan and cinematographer Fo Zayed travel to solve the mystery of what’s behind three recent deadly shark attacks off of the posh beaches of Egypt’s Red Sea.

“Shark Week: Off the Hook” premieres at 11PM ET/PT on Discovery

Dive into the biggest thrills and most terrifying moments from 35 years of Shark Week, celebrating behind the scenes of iconic moments and revealing never-before-seen footage of the fearless adventurers who get up close with the world’s scariest creatures.

Monday, July 24

“Great White Fight Club” premieres at 8PM ET/PT on Discovery

A team of experts venture into the treacherous waters of New Zealand to provide groundbreaking evidence that female white sharks unequivocally dominate the ocean, reigning as the ultimate controllers of its fierce battlegrounds.

“Monster of Bermuda Triangle” premieres at 9PM ET/PT on Discovery

A healthy, 10-foot pregnant Porbeagle shark vanishes in the Bermuda Triangle. The evidence suggests an unknown, monstrous predator could be to blame. Dr. James Sulikowski and a team of scientists dive into the most mysterious part of the ocean to uncover the truth behind the attack.

“Alien Sharks: Strange New Worlds” premieres at 10PM on Discovery

The tip of South Africa is a hotspot for unusual sharks that exhibit bizarre behaviors and unusual, otherworldly appearances. Wildlife biologist Forrest Galante explores stunning kelp forests and ocean depths never-before-seen by humans to study these extraordinary creatures.

Encores run at 11PM ET/PT on Discovery

Tuesday, July 25

“Mako Mania: Battle for California” premieres at 8PM ET/PT on Discovery

​​Off the coast of Los Angeles, a new population of super makos challenge great whites for their hunting territories. Dr. Craig O’Connell, Fo Zayed, and Kendyl Berna deploy state-of-the-art technology to reveal their dominance and unveil the mysteries that have transformed these makos into some of the fiercest predators in the oceans.

“Raiders of the Lost Shark” premieres at 9PM ET/PT on Discovery

Shark expert Matt Dicken and Shark Week legend Dickie Chivell embark on a relentless quest to locate an elusive and colossal shark named Dutchess, who mysteriously vanished from Gansbaai, South Africa years ago. 

“Monster Hammerheads: Killer Instinct” premieres 10PM ET/PT on Discovery

Dr. Tristan Guttridge believes Hammerhead sharks can reach monster sizes by hunting other species of sharks. The only way to prove his theory is to obtain tissue samples from some of the largest sharks on the planet.

Encores run at 11PM ET/PT on Discovery

Wednesday, July 26

“Air Jaws: Final Frontier” premieres at 8PM ET/PT on Discovery

Shark filmmakers hunt for “Air Jaws” in New Zealand’s hidden launch pad. Andy Casagrande and Jeff Kurr seek the second-ever breaching great white in these waters to uncover history-making secrets. 

“Florida Shark: Blood in the Water” premieres at 9PM ET/PT on Discovery

Paul de Gelder dives into the Shark Attack Capital of the World to conduct experiments that will confirm what makes up these dangerous waters and determine methods to mitigate the risk.

“Cocaine Sharks” premieres at 10PM ET/PT on Discovery

For decades, rumors of cocaine-fueled sharks have spread throughout the fishing community. Shark expert Tom Hird travels to the Florida Keys to investigate what happens when the sharks come in contact with the most notorious drug on the planet.

Encores run at 11PM ET/PT on Discovery

Thursday, July 27

“Jaws in the Shallows” premieres at 8PM ET/PT on Discovery

Shark Week veteran Dr. Riley Elliott has traveled all over to study great whites, which are now terrorizing the beaches of New Zealand. He sets out alongside his wife Amber Jones to find answers to protect his loved ones from the apex predators before it’s too late.

“Monster Mako: Fresh Blood” premieres at 9PM ET/PT on Discovery

Twelve-foot-long monster mako sharks compete head-to-head with great whites for prey off the coast of California. Using a custom clear, acrylic diving bell, Dr. Austin Gallagher and legendary free diver Andre Musgrove get up close with both predators and track makos breaching eight feet out of the ocean.

“Shark vs Snake: Battle of the Bites” premieres at 10PM ET/PT on Discovery

Tiger sharks are washing up dead on the beaches of Western Australia with no sign of attack. Forrest Galante has a theory that deadly sea snakes are turning these apex predators to prey. In the battle of shark against snake, are snakes winning?

Encores run at 11PM ET/PT on Discovery

Friday, July 28

“Tropic Jaws” premieres at 8PM ET/PT on Discovery

When a 16-foot great white invades Indonesia’s warm coast of Bali, it sparks fears that they are adapting to hunt the tropical beaches where millions of people swim every day. Dr. Craig O’Connell and Madison Stewart are on a mission to find Tropic Jaws and discover why they left the cold water environment that they have called home for thousands of years.

“Deadly Sharks of Paradise” premieres at 9PM ET/PT on Discovery

Scientists in South America are studying the shark species thought to be responsible for a spike in deadly attacks since 1990. Marine biologist Danni Washington and shark conservationist Paul de Gelder join a team tracking tiger sharks off a pristine tropical archipelago in Brazil.  

“Haunting at Shark Tower” premieres at 10PM ET/PT on Discovery

News of a harrowing shark encounter at North Carolina’s Frying Pan Tower sends underwater cinematographer Andy Casagrande and shark expert Kori Burkhardt on a dangerous quest to discover whether great white sharks are moving into the state’s waters.

Encores run at 11PM ET/PT on Discovery

Saturday, July 29

“Dawn of the Monster Mako” premieres at 8PM ET/PT on Discovery

A 14-foot giant mako shark is spotted in the waters of Portugal’s Azores region. Underwater cinematographer Joe Romeiro and his marine biologist wife, Lauren, search the teeming depths around the ancient islands to capture the beast on film.

“Mega Sharks of Dangerous Reef” premieres at 9PM ET/PT on Discovery

The remote islands off the Eyre Peninsula in South Australia are believed to harbor some of the biggest white sharks on the planet. While local fishing reports suggest these giant sharks are still around, they are rarely seen.

Encores run at 10PM & 11PM ET/PT on Discovery

About Discovery: 

Discovery Channel is dedicated to creating the highest quality non-fiction content that informs and entertains its consumers about the world in all its wonder, diversity and amazement. The network, which is distributed to 88.3 million U.S. homes, can be seen in 224 countries and territories, offering a signature mix of compelling, high-end production values and vivid cinematography across genres including, science and technology, exploration, adventure, history and in-depth, behind-the-scenes glimpses at the people, places and organizations that shape and share our world. For more information, please visit

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Interview with Christian Kane

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Christian Kane in "Almost Paradise" season 2 on Freevee

Interview with Christian Kane of “Almost Paradise” on Freevee by Suzanne 6/28/23

It’s always nice to speak with Christian! Unfortunately, he was having technical difficulties, so we had to do an audio interview instead of a video one. He was very sweet about it and offered to do another one any time. I hope you enjoy the little slideshow video I made from the audio below! Don’t miss season 2 of “Almost Paradise.” It’s a really fun show on Freevee. That’s the Prime Video streaming service that’s free! Lots of other enjoyable shows on there.


Suzanne: My first zoom call ever was with you and Dean (Devlin) back in April 2020.

Christian: Oh my gosh, what were we doing – “Almost Paradise?”

Suzanne: Yeah. First season.

Christian: Yeah, that’s Right. Exactly. Oh my gosh. That’s so crazy.

Suzanne: It seems like a long time ago now.

Christian: That might have been my first Zoom call as well. I gotta be honest with you.

Suzanne: Yeah. And I think we had a few difficulties with the sound on that one. So, I guess now we’re even.

Christian: Thank you so much for having me. I appreciate you taking the time to talk to us and talk to me about this. I appreciate your help, man. I’m really proud of the show. So, the more people that can know about it, I just love it.

Suzanne: Oh, yeah. I love it, too. It’s great. I’ve only watched two episodes so far of the new one, but I’m enjoying it.

Christian: Oh, fantastic. That’s fantastic. Yeah.

Suzanne: So, what are some new challenges that Alex faces this season?

Christian: Well, the fun thing about Alex is that, you know, he always thinks he’s right. When the season opens up, you see that he’s pretty proud of himself. He’s walking around with a little pep in his step that he didn’t have first season, because he was sick, you know what I mean? And he thought it was physical. But when you actually think about it, it was more mental than anything else. So, now he feels like he’s overcome that. So, I mean, he’s back in business. He’s the Alex of old. And then, you know, it doesn’t take very long for him to get right back into trouble where he was. And that’s the funnest part about watching this show and more or less watching Alex Walker, is that he always thinks he’s got everything under control. He never has anything under control. And I’ve sort of said this before, but, you know, it’s really fun, and I think this makes good television. There aren’t a lot of shows out there like that. I’m very fortunate with the writing they give me, but it is so much fun to root for someone to do well, at the same time really rooting for the fact that he messes up so he’s in a pickle, you know? And that’s just the beauty of this show, that you want him to do well, because you’re a fan. But, man, isn’t it a better show when when everything goes wrong and he messed it up? It’s just so great.

Suzanne: Yeah, I think similar to Eliot, on the other show, is it. They’re both at their best when they’re fighting, because they have a little trouble handling everything else.

Christian: That’s exactly what it is. That’s exactly when they shine, is in situations like that. That’s funny that you picked that up. Yeah. And it’s really crazy, because I’ve tried to differentiate between both of those characters in the fights, and I think we’ve done a pretty good job. I mean, Alex is more of a bar brawler, and Eliot’s a precision fighter. But once I get into it, and these guys move fast, especially in the Philippines. They’re really good at what they do. And when they start moving so fast that I’ve just got to move fast, and I turn right back into Eliot, but I don’t think anybody cares about that as long as you can tell the difference between the two characters, which you can.

Suzanne: Right, right. And are you still doing your own stunts?

Christian: I’m still doing my own stunts. Yeah. I’m doing my own stunts. I’ve let a little bit of the choreography go. A guy I worked with for a long time on Leverage, Lex Damis, has come out as the stunt coordinator. I just didn’t have time on Leverage to really be involved that much. I’ll change some things, but he’s really good at what he does. And he’s one of my best friends and has been for over 10 years. He’s my golf partner. I trust him with what he’s doing, which is why I brought him in on Almost Paradise. I’ve got no time at all. I literally worked six months straight. I didn’t have one day off, and it’s not “Woe is me.” I prefer that. Idle hands are not good for me, and I love to work, because I really feel like I’m on vacation when I’m at work, no matter where I’m at. And I just did not have time to do it. So, we had Rodney – Rodney Cook came in, and Julian, and you know, these are ex military guys. They’re really good at what they do. And I’ve kind of realized at this point in my life, I’m still doing my own stunts, nobody fights for me. Nobody does stunts for me ever, but I just I don’t have time to fight anymore, and it just takes up too much of my soul. So, I would rather just go and learn the fight and fight and I think that helps out a lot as well, because I’m starting to listen to some other ideas other than stupid Christian Kane being Eliot Spencer.

Suzanne: And did you get injured at all this season?

Christian: Which season? Season of Leverage or season of – no not on Almost Paradise. I mean everything hurts. You know what I mean? This is bone to bone. I mean this is not jumping off a building onto a mat. This is going literally bone to bone with people. So, everything always hurts, but I don’t mind it. I don’t mind it. You know me, I’m a Steve McQueen fan and a big Tom Cruise fan, and as long as they let me keep doing my own stuff, man, it just is exhilarating for me. I love to say to people, “Slow it down, and see if you can catch me not on there,” because they can’t.

Suzanne: And you say it took six months to film the season?

Christian: Six months, yeah. It was six months in New Orleans for Leverage. And then I had one day in Los Angeles, literally one day to pack my bag and get on the plane for another six months in the Philippines. And like I said, I’m not complaining, I’m blessed. I would not trade it for the world.

Suzanne: So, overall on the show, are there any big changes in the second season? You know how sometimes on TV shows they they change things from season to season?

Christian Kane and Samantha Richelle in "Almost Paradise" season 2 on Freevee!Christian: You know, some people do. I mean, there’s no big changes. We love the storylines. The storylines are all new. The stakes are a little bit higher, which is great. As long as your stakes get higher every season, that’s the show that you’re doing. That means you’ve got a successful show. And we did that this year. You know, I’m coming [from] Dean Devlin school, you know what I mean? Which is, you know, how many seasons did I do Leverage? How many seasons of The Librarians were [there]? We’re on season two of Almost Paradise. You know, if it’s not broke, he doesn’t try to fix it. The shows that we do, you know, it’s not a comedy; it’s not a drama; it’s not an action movie. It’s all three of them rolled into one. That’s why, you know, we’re never going to be up for an award where it’s the best drama or the best – you know what I mean? The only awards we win are when we win the People’s Choice Award, because people love the show, you know? So, he doesn’t change it that much, because there’s kids watching it. There’s adults watching it; there’s families that watch the show. So, he does a really good job of not changing it too much to where you’re just blown out of it.

Suzanne: Yeah. Okay. I don’t mean to put you on the spot, but can you name any of the fun guest stars this season?

Christian: Well, I’ll tell you what we did. We did an episode where Lisa Brenner, who is Dean Devlin’s wife, she comes into play my wife, my ex-wife, which was a lot of fun, because I’ve known her as long as I’ve known Dean, 2007. And all we do is argue, and then when they say cut, we start laughing at each other. And we didn’t have to shake hands and introduce ourselves and go, “Hey, I’m playing Alex Walker…[unintelligible] it was like, first scene up was in a car, we had a huge argument scene, and we did it, and then we started laughing. It was fun not to have to learn who somebody is. You already know who they are. So, that was a lot of fun coming in. Let’s see. I don’t know. I mean, I just don’t know when this is coming out. I’m not sure if I’m gonna get in trouble.

Suzanne: Well, I’m not gonna put it in until like the day before the show starts.

Christian: Okay. I mean, we’ve got a good guy coming in. I don’t see how it’s not going to be seen, but I mean, Dante Bosco comes in. He was on Hook, everybody’s favorite kid on Hook. It’s fun to see him in the light that he’s playing. That was a lot of fun to to have him coming in. And then the cat’s already out of the bag on this guy. John Story comes back and does such a spectacular job on a couple of episodes. And he played Lockhart first season and became a fan favorite. And so to have him back this year, was just tremendous.

Suzanne: Right? And I know Reese Richie is going to be in the first episode as the priest.

Christian: Yeah, Reese was so great, man. He did such a good job. My friend Maureen comes in as for a little role, who’s Asia’s Next Top Model. She did such a great job. Yeah. She was a friend that I invited in, and she said “yes,” which I thought was very nice. You know, it’s the usual suspects, man. Some of us are a little older, but we all still play just like a family, man. It’s been really incredible.

Suzanne: So nobody from Leverage.

Christian: Christian Kane comes in from Leverage.

Suzanne: Nobody else.

Christian: No, no, nobody else, man. But I tell you what, you know, after the time that we took off we had – Well, John Story was on Leverage, but it was awhile back, and Lisa Brenner was on Leverage. Pretty much Dean regurgitates people all the time. But it’s funny, because we had so much downtime because of COVID, because of the pandemic. And I love talking about this. When we went back to Leverage, it was like a second didn’t go by. I mean, Dean Devlin was very smart. He put all of us a huge scene with all of us in in the same room, and it just took two seconds to go back into character. We all knew our characters, and we all knew our dynamic with each other. And I didn’t know if that was gonna work on Almost Paradise, because I don’t know them as well, but it absolutely worked. We touched down. Everybody got into character. And we did the first scene and it was like, “Wow, we’re back.” And that, just normally, it takes a little bit on a television series, well, just entertainment in general, and it didn’t at all. I was so proud of these guys. It made job so much easier, and I think it comes off on screen too. You can see it.


Suzanne: Yeah, watching season two is just like… it just took off from season one, and there was no break at all. Are there a lot of differences between filming in the Philippines and in the US?

Christian: Oh, my God. It’s night and day. You know, we were filming “Leverage” through the pandemic. I mean, we filmed it through the pandemic, and you couldn’t even go back to the Philippines at that point. They would not let you in. Right before we were getting ready to shoot, a typhoon came in and leveled the Philippines. I feel bad about talking about us when it actually took lives and homes, but it completely took our stages out. So, we had to build stages miles away, just to be able to go. The heat is something that’s unlike anything. But I’ll tell you, half of the people that got stuck there during COVID, the first time they were there for three to four months after the first season. Not one of them didn’t come back. They all wanted to come back. We have such a good family. And I tell you, it seems easier to film in the United States, but there’s a family out there that I have that made it so incredibly easy to film in the Philippines, because we all just absolutely love each other. It’s a different vibe out there, man. These people have really become become part of my family. So, there’s a camaraderie there that that sometimes you don’t get in the United States. Everybody just wants to go home. These guys just want to hang out. And you know, we’re all giving each other hugs and celebrating and laughing and it’s so much fun.

Suzanne: That’s nice. And the food is great there.

Christian: Well, the food’s great. Not only that, but the fact is that we have breakfast together. We have lunch together; we have dinner together. We don’t go home; we all sit around. When we wrap, we all sit down and have another meal. We don’t do that in America. It just builds camaraderie like you’ve never seen. So, the food is great. The food is plentiful. There’s always a lot of food.

Suzanne: Yeah, I have a friend who’s married to a Filipino lady, and also I lived in Hawaii for a few years and there’s a lot of Philippine people. They throw great parties.

Christian: Yeah, I mean, it’s just it’s incredible. When we throw a party we – and the great thing about it is in the Philippines, when we film a party, we actually cater it, and as soon as we’re done filming that scene, we all go through and eat whatever we had onset, which is fantastic. So, we have parties once every two weeks.

Suzanne: That’s great you got to do all that, all those fights and all that training, because otherwise you’d be 200 pounds, right?

Christian: Listen, man, I gained 15 pounds in New Orleans just because, I mean, well with COVID you couldn’t go to the gym and everything there was fried. I went to the Philippines, I ate whatever I wanted, and I lost 10 pounds. I mean, pig, I’m eating rice. I’m you’re eating rice at every meal. It’s just crazy. You’re eating – it was spam. They call it something else, but it’s basically spam. You know? Hawaiin/Filipino, and I lost weight, man, because you’re just sweating all day. You’re doing fights. And so it was paradise for me – almost.

Suzanne: I see what you did there.

Christian: You like that? Yeah. It’s just been a blast, and I’m so excited about this season. And I really would encourage people – we come out on Freevee on the 21st of July. I really hope that even if you’ve seen it, you go back through and take a gander at it, the first seaso. Freevee’s also been nice enough that now Almost Paradise the first season’s on Freevee. So, you can watch that and then gear up for the show. And I just really don’t know if I’ve ever been this proud of something coming out. I really enjoy what we did on this thing.

Suzanne: I have two questions for you that you probably don’t know the answer, or if you do, you can’t say, but let me ask them anyway. One is, do you know anything about what’s going to happen on Friday as far as the actors?

Christian: I don’t know what’s going to happen with that. It’s a little discerning, because the writers strike is not over yet. So, I figured that if the writers sort of made some leeway there, that there might not be something that we have to do. So, I really honestly don’t know, and I don’t honestly know where I stand on it either. I wish that I was more informed of actually everything that the writers or the the actors are trying to shoot for. But I feel like now watching what the writers are going through, there’s a possibility that the actors could strike.

Suzanne: Okay, and the second question is, have you heard anything about Leverage: Redemption season three?

Christian: I have not, because of the writers strike. I mean, everybody, like everyone just had to hang everything up. You know what I mean? I’ve heard ideas. I’ve heard some really good ideas about a season three. Dean went over some storylines with me, and it’s just fantastic. It’s really honestly, like, fantastic. It’s where Leverage needs to go. And it’s very exciting to the point where it could be our best season yet, just because of where we’re starting and where we have to go. But you know, then of course, it’s over, and they can’t talk about it, and they can’t even get together. I mean, they can’t call each other and say, you know, “What about this?” So, we’re sort of in a holding pattern right now as well as everybody else.

Suzanne: Yeah. Okay. Well, thank you. Those are better answers than I thought you might have. Better than saying, “I don’t know.”

Christian: Yeah, exactly.

Suzanne: And you own a chain of sushi restaurants called Sunda?

Christian: Sunda, Sunday without the y. Yeah, there’s one in Chicago, which I don’t own. My buddy Billy Deck owns [it]. Billy was the security guard I fought. I gave him a little roll. He was a security guard I fought a couple of times. It was a brutal fight on Leverage last season. Billy owns it. He’s really good friends with David Schwimmer. He was on Friends, you know, stuff like that. But he owns the restaurant. I’m an investor, but I get to say that I own it, because I do own some of it. And it’s one. There’s a Sunda in the Gulch in Nashville. I just got back from there. It’s so beautiful. We just won number one restaurant there, number one in Chicago. We’re opening another one on Chicago. I’m not familiar with – I love Chicago. I’m not familiar where the A train [is], but it’s somewhere like A train ish, I don’t know. But next week one opens up in Tampa, Florida. So, we’re really, really excited about that. And I do have a piece in all those.

Suzanne: Oh, great. Yeah, I think I’ve been to Tampa once or twice. They have some great restaurants there.

Christian: They do. Look up Sunda when you get there, because I think you’ll be really, really impressed. I’m biased, but the food is incredible. And Billy’s half Filipino. So, it’s this Asian fusion. So, it’s really Japanese. There’s some Chinese, but it’s really Japanese. But there’re like six or seven things on the restaurant that are completely Filipino, and people don’t know what it is, because they’re not familiar with Filipino food. So, he snuck them in, and people are absolutely loving it now.

Suzanne: So, it’s not just sushi.

Christian: It’s Asian fusion.

Suzanne: Okay, good. Good.

Christian: You can get noodles. You can get – He brought in one of the best guys out of Japan for Chicago, and he came to Nashville for two years to instruct their guy. So, you can get straight up sushi, and you get your Filipino food.

Suzanne: Wonderful. Sounds wonderful. We’ll have to try it.

Christian: Please do.

Suzanne: If nothing else, next time we’re in Chicago… because we usually go there in April every year.

Christian: Yes, absolutely. I mean, he literally just won the number one restaurant in Chicago.

Suzanne: Oh, nice. Wow. Okay. Well, thank you. I appreciate you talking to me today. And I hope we get to where I can see your handsome face next time.

Christian: Let’s do that. Let me know when you need me.

Suzanne: Thank you so much. I appreciate it.

Christian: You got it.

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Almost Paradise Season Two With Christian Kane Premieres July 21 on Amazon Freevee

Jun 12, 2023

Art Acuña and Samantha Richelle return as series regulars

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CULVER CITY, California—June 12, 2023— Amazon Freevee has released the official trailer for the second season of Almost Paradise and announced it will premiere July 21. All 10 episodes from the season will be available on premiere day exclusively on Freevee in the U.S. and UK. Christian Kane returns to star along with returning executive producers and co-showrunners, Dean Devlin and Gary Rosen.

Kane is Alex Walker, a former U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) agent forced into early retirement. The combination of his partner’s betrayal and a life-threatening battle with hypertension has sent him as far from the madness as he can get—to a small tropical island in the Philippine archipelago. He now runs the gift shop in the island’s luxury resort hotel, which attracts the rich, powerful, and sometimes criminal elite from around the world. Despite his best efforts to transition from Jason Bourne to Jimmy Buffett, Alex is pulled back into a world of dangerous people and deadly situations—either through his friends in the local police, Kai Mendoza (Samantha Richelle) and Ernesto Alamares (Art Acuña), or encounters with people from his old life. And the problem is that he likes it.

Almost Paradise was shot entirely in the Philippines. Marc Roskin and Rachel Olschan-Wilson of Electric Entertainment executive produce alongside co-showrunners Devlin and Rosen. Mark Franco co-produces.

The first season of Almost Paradise is available now on Freevee for viewers looking to catch up on Alex’s adventures.

About Electric Entertainment
Headquartered in Los AngelesCalifornia, Electric Entertainment is an independent studio headed by veteran producer Dean Devlin along with his partners Marc Roskin and Rachel Olschan-Wilson. Electric Entertainment also houses acquisitions and sales divisions, with domestic sales headed up by Steve Saltman and the international division headed by Sonia Mehandjiyska. Electric also has a satellite office located in Vancouver, Canada.

Among Electric’s hit television series are “Leverage: Redemption” the spin-off continuation of “Leverage,” which ran for five seasons on TNT.  Both series are currently streaming in the U.S. and the U.K. on Amazon Freevee.  “Leverage: Redemption” premiered its second season in November 2022. “Almost Paradise” is currently streaming on Amazon Freevee after having premiered on WGN America. Season 2 of “Almost Paradise” will premiere July 21 on Amazon Freevee in the U.S and UK. Electric’s new series “The Ark” premiered February 1, 2023 on SYFY and has been green-lit for a second season. Other Electric series include “The Librarians” which ran for four seasons on TNT, and “The Outpost,” which premiered its 4th season on The CW in 2021, and is now streaming on Amazon Freevee. 

Electric’s Feature Films have included “Bad Samaritan starring David Tennant and Robert Sheehan, the award-winning film “Say My Name starring Lisa Brenner and Nick Blood, the critically acclaimed documentary “Who Killed the Electric Car?,” and most recently “The Deal” starring Sumalee Montano and Emma Fischer. Electric also acquires, distributes and sells worldwide rights to Electric’s produced and acquired content, as well as theatrical films from around the world, including “Blood On The Crown,” starring Harvey Keitel and Malcolm McDowell, “Heavy,” starring Sophie Turner and Daniel Zovatto, Rob Reiner’s historical biopic “LBJ,” starring Woody Harrelson, and “Book Of Love,” starring Jessica Biel and Jason Sudeikis. The company’s domestic distribution division, headed by Steve Saltman, is a full-service operation serving all significant outlets with various rights to films and series including: TVOD, EST, AVOD, SVOD, PTV, Linear Basic Cable and Broadcast. 

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Amazon Freevee is a streaming video service with thousands of premium movies and TV shows, including Originals and free ad-supported (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; docu-comedy series Jury Duty; performance special Monumental: Ellie Goulding at Kew Gardens; 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 docu-series 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 250 FAST channels, including Judy Justice and Crime 360, Amazon Freevee delivers customers the content they would expect to see on a paid service.
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Arthur Acuña, Christian Kane and Samantha Richelle in "Almost Paradise" season 2 on Freevee!


Interview with Jordan Canning

TV Interview!


Jordan Canning of "Star Trek: Strange New Worlds" on Paramount+ Photo by Kristina Ruddick

Interview with director Jordan Canning of “Star Trek: Strange New Worlds” on Paramount+ by Suzanne 7/14/23

This was a fun interview. Jordan directed the most recent episode of “Star Trek: Strange New Worlds,” Charades, where Spock and Chapel are in a shuttle accident and rescued by some aliens. When they fix up Spock, they leave out his Vulcan DNA, so he’s suddenly human.  He has to deal with all of the human emotions. Making it more difficult for him is that he has an important dinner with his fiancée, T’Pring, and her judgmental family. While Pike, Amanda (Spock’s mother) and the rest of the crew try to help Spock pretend to be Vulcan and get through the dinner, Chapel frantically searches for a way to reverse what the aliens did. It’s a fun episode and really showcases the talents of Ethan Peck (Spock) and Jess Bush (Chapel). I’ve been a Trekkie as long as I can remember, so it was awesome to speak to the episode’s director.Jordan Canning - Director and Anson Mount as Capt. Pike in episode 205 “Charades” of Star Trek: Strange New Worlds, streaming on Paramount+, 2023. Photo Cr: Michael Gibson/Paramount+

Suzanne: Were you a fan of the show, or of the Star Trek franchise, before you started on this?

Jordan: Yeah, I was a big “[Star Trek: The] Next Generation” fan when I was a kid, and I probably watched, “[Star Trek IV] The Voyage Home” movie two dozen times. I loved that movie so much. And then, when I got the job, season one hadn’t aired yet, but I got to watch cuts of it. I had [seen] the season of “[Star Trek] Discovery” that had Spock in it… I think it’s season two. And then I got to watch season one [of “Star Trek: Strange New Worlds” before it was fully finished, and I was like, “Oh my God, this show is so good!” I loved it because it really reminded me of NextGen. It had that same playfulness to it, and the episodic alien- or planet-of-the-week vibe. And yeah, I got even more excited about the job once I’d seen it.

Suzanne: Well, that’s cool. Now, please forgive my ignorant question here because I’ve mostly interviewed actors, but… as a director, how are you chosen, for a TV episode? Is there anything similar to an audition process?

Jordan: You know, often there’s an interview. Sometimes– usually, your agent would put you up for something. I think with this one, They had reached out to my agent about it. Because of my comedy work and because this was a comedic episode, they wanted a director who was good at comedy. And so, yeah, memory serves that when I got the call from Chris, I was like, “Okay, this is an interview.” And then he was like, “Yeah, you’re great. You got the job.” And I was like, “I did. Oh, okay. Great. Love it.”

Suzanne: It takes the pressure off.

Jordan: Yeah. I called my agent. I was like, “Oh, I think I got the job.”

Suzanne: So, when you direct an episode (I know it’s not like directing a movie), are you in charge, more or less, or is it more of a collaborative process with everybody?

Jordan: Well, I will say, always in TV… you’re sort of working towards the vision of the showrunner, who has the whole show in their head and knows how all the pieces fit together. And there’s usually already a style and tone of the show that’s been set since the pilot, or since at least the first first season that you’re trying to slot yourself into. But what’s really unique about “[Star Trek: Strange New Worlds” is [in reference to what you just said]: It is more like directing a movie. This was more like doing a movie than any TV episode I’ve done before because the episodes are more standalone. They approach them kind of like standalone movies of the week in terms of the tone and the style. And they really work hard to match a director with a script that works with them in terms of the style of the director or their strengths. So I was overjoyed by how much creative freedom I had on this episode. They sort of say, “Okay, you do a big sort of tone download with Henry, the showrunner.” And he’s like, “Okay, here’s the tone meeting.” And then they’re like, “Okay, how do you want to shoot it? How do you want to block it?” There aren’t these rigid rules about, [for example] “This is the way we shoot the closeups, this is when we use handheld, we don’t use handheld at all…” Yada, yada. You can use all of the sort of creative tools in your toolbox that serve the script and serve the story. So it was a real joy to be able to work on this and shape it so much.

Suzanne: That’s great. And, did you encounter any problems or glitches, or was it all smooth sailing?

Jordan: Well, we did… Ethan and I were talking yesterday, and both of us remembered at the same time that we had a COVID shutdown in the middle of our episode… but both of us had forgotten this, but he and Jess both got COVID in the middle of us shooting it. So we had to. There were no other scenes we could shoot because they were in everything. So we had to go down for a couple of weeks. I think the episodes are around 12 days? We’d probably shot maybe seven days, and then they got covid, so we had to go down for a couple of weeks. I think they started shooting the [next] episode and then we picked it back up once they were clear again. So that was kind of the only real, you know, problem.

Suzanne: That’s a pretty major one!

Jordan: Yeah, it was… it was great timing. But, yeah, you know, it happens. It happens so much.

Suzanne: Well, they shoot them pretty far in advance though, right?

Jordan: Oh yeah. Well, it’s such a long VFX post-production process.

Suzanne: Yeah.

Jordan: We were shooting, over a year ago. I shot my episode last May and June. So it was more than a year of [post-production].

Jordan Canning and Ethan Peck filming the episode Charades of "Star Trek: Strange New Worlds" on Paramount+.

Suzanne: Were you worried at all about dealing with such an iconic part of Star Trek history (Spock and the Vulcans), and how fans might react to that?

Jordan: I wanted to treat it with real respect and reverence because I knew that Spock being human for an episode is something that I think has been daydreamed about for many, many years– and decades even. So I knew that this was a very important, iconic thing that we were delivering. I wasn’t nervous about it. No, I just really wanted to be prepared. Ethan and I had so many conversations about how to do it properly and exactly how to fine tune his performance, so that it never felt untethered to the real Spock (who was there, you know, still inside this human Spock). And, you know, making sure that it never went too kind of broad. With comedy, it’s just about anchoring it in reality and not hitting the jokes over the head… playing everything like it’s real. And I think that’s why I find it so fun in this episode is: everybody gets a moment or more to show how great they are at comedy, you know? Everybody gets a fun moment…some great lines, [and] some great reactions. It’s a real showpiece, I think, for just how versatile all of these actors are. And in particular, Ethan and Jess. They really worked so hard on this episode and did such a beautiful job.

Suzanne: And it had such a great ending for the fans, too.

Jordan: And for me! I mean, that’s the end. I was like, “I love it.” I love a big smooch, you know…

Suzanne: And the nice thing about this episode, is that it took you back. If you were a fan of the original show, it took you back all the episodes where they split Kirk into two characters –one good, one bad…things like that.

Jordan: Yeah. Nice. Yeah. I mean, the canon of this is so fun to play in, and there, they take such care and consideration in writing all of these scripts.

Suzanne: Well, I really appreciate you talking to me and I enjoyed it. It was a good episode. Thank you very much.

Jordan: Thank you.

Jordan Canning, Ethan Peck and other bridge crew in the Charades episode of "Star Trek: Strange New Worlds" on Paramount+MORE INFO:


Jordan Canning has directed more than a dozen short films which have played at festivals all over the world, including the Tribeca Film Festival, the Toronto International Film Festival and Interfilm Berlin. Among them, COUNTDOWN won a number of awards including a Golden Sheaf for Best Director; NOT OVER EASY swept all three awards at the National Screen Institute Film Festival; and SECONDS won the 2012 TIFF RBC Emerging Filmmakers Competition and the Shaw Media Fearless Female Director Award. Jordan directed all 23 episodes of the CTV digital series SPACE RIDERS: DIVISION EARTH. The show won the 2014 Canadian Screen Award for Best Digital Series and four Canadian Comedy Awards, including Best Director.

Her first feature, WE WERE WOLVES, premiered at the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival. Her second feature, SUCK IT UP, premiered at Slamdance 2017 and won Best Feature Film at the B3 Frankfurt Biennale. Her third feature, an omnibus film called ORDINARY DAYS, won Best Director at the 2018 Canadian Film Festival.

Her television credits include two seasons of the Golden Globe and Emmy Award-winning SCHITT’S CREEK, as well as hour-long dramas – SAVING HOPE (CTV), PRETTY HARD CASES (CBC), BURDEN OF TRUTH (CW), FAMILY LAW (CW), ASTRID AND LILLY SAVE THE WORLD (SYFY) – and half-hour comedies – BARONESS VON SKETCH SHOW (IFC), THIS HOUR HAS 22 MINUTES (CBC), THE LAKE (Amazon) and FRAGGLE ROCK and THE BIG DOOR PRIZE for Apple TV. Most recently she directed for season 2 of STAR TREK: STRANGE NEW WORLDS for CBS and Paramount+. She has won two Canadian Screen Awards and a DGC Award for directing.

Jordan is a 2010 graduate of the Director’s Lab at the Canadian Film Centre and an alumnus of TIFF Talent Lab, TIFF Pitch This!, and Women in the Director’s Chair.

Key Art for season 2 of "Star Trek: Strange New Worlds" on Paramount+“Star Trek: Strange New Worlds” Episode 205: “Charades” – Available to stream Thursday, July 13

Directed by Jordan Canning

Written by Kathryn Lyn & Henry Alonso Myers

Logline: A shuttle accident leads to Spock’s Vulcan DNA being removed by aliens, making him fully human and completely unprepared to face T’Pring’s family during an important ceremonial dinner.

In season two of STAR TREK: STRANGE NEW WORLDS, the crew of the U.S.S. Enterprise, under the command of Captain Christopher Pike, confronts increasingly dangerous stakes, explores uncharted territories and encounters new life and civilizations. The crew will embark on personal journeys that will continue to test their resolve and redefine their destinies. Facing friends and enemies both new and familiar, their adventures will unfold in surprising ways never seen before on any “Star Trek” series.

The series stars Anson Mount as Christopher Pike, Rebecca Romijn as Una Chin-Riley, Ethan Peck as Spock, Jess Bush as Christine Chapel, Christina Chong as La’An Noonien-Singh, Celia Rose Gooding as Nyota Uhura, Melissa Navia as Erica Ortegas and Babs Olusanmokun as Joseph M’Benga. Season two also features the return of special guest star Paul Wesley as James T. Kirk and new addition Carol Kane in a recurring role as Pelia.

Season two of STAR TREK: STRANGE NEW WORLDS is produced by CBS Studios, Secret Hideout and Roddenberry Entertainment. Akiva Goldsman and Henry Alonso Myers serve as co-showrunners. Alex Kurtzman, Akiva Goldsman, Jenny Lumet, Henry Alonso Myers, Aaron Baiers, Heather Kadin, Frank Siracusa, John Weber, Rod Roddenberry and Trevor Roth serve as executive producers.

Season two of STAR TREK: STRANGE NEW WORLDS will stream exclusively on Paramount+ in the U.K., Australia, Latin America, Brazil, France, Italy, Germany, Switzerland and Austria. It will also be available to stream on Paramount+ in South Korea, with the premiere date to be announced at a later time. In addition, season two will air on Bell Media’s CTV Sci-Fi Channel and stream on Crave in Canada and on SkyShowtime in the Nordics, the Netherlands, Spain, Portugal and Central and Eastern Europe.The series is distributed by Paramount Global Content Distribution.

Season one is currently available to stream exclusively on Paramount+ in the U.S., the U.K., Latin America, Australia, South Korea, Italy, France, Germany, Switzerland and Austria. It airs on Bell Media’s CTV Sci-Fi Channel and streams on Crave in Canada and on SkyShowtime in the Nordics, the Netherlands, Spain, Portugal and Central and Eastern Europe. The series is distributed by Paramount Global Content Distribution.

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Interview with Walt Willey

TV Interview!


Walt Willey plays Jackson Montgomery once again on "General Hospital" on ABC

Interview with Walt Willey of “General Hospital” on ABC by Suzanne 6/15/23

It was a pleasure to speak with Walt! He’s a funny guy, and clearly, he is enjoying being back in the TV spotlight.  Since I watched “All My Children” from 1985 until it finished, and I’ve watched “General Hospital” since 1985, it’s a special thrill, as a fan of both shows, to have had a chance to ask him questions about both shows.  I hope you enjoy this video as much as I did!



Walt Willey plays Jackson Montgomery once again on "General Hospital" on ABCWalt Willey’s Bio:

Born in Ottawa, Illinois, Walt Willey attended Southern Illinois University, where he majored in Fine Arts. It was during his time at college that he became involved in acting, performing major roles in several productions. In 1981, Walt left Illinois for New York to break into acting professionally.

After numerous Off-Broadway productions, including Dust Off with Dan Lauria, and stints on NBC’s Another World as “James La Russo”, and “Joe Novak” on ABC’s Ryan’s Hope,

Walt joined the cast of ABC’s All My Children in 1987 – playing the role of lawyer Jackson Montgomery. MORE

UPDATE: ‘General Hospital’ Celebrates Historic 60th "General Hospital" airs weekdays on ABCAnniversary on April 1, 2023

Special Episode Honoring the Late Sonya Eddy To Air in March

 The Return of the ‘GH’ Nurses Ball Will Kick Off the Week of April 3

 Jane Elliot Reprises Role as the Iconic Tracy Quartermaine

 ABC To Dedicate Stage at Prospect Studios to ‘GH’ in Honor of Milestone

ABC’s Emmy® Award-winning daytime drama “General Hospital” will celebrate its 60th anniversary on April 1, 2023. To honor the milestone, the network is set to present the cast and crew with a stage dedication on the Prospect Studios lot, permanently commemorating the show’s legacy and serving as a reminder of the history that has been made in that very spot.

The show will kick off its anniversary programming at the end of March with a special episode honoring the late Sonya Eddy, who played “GH” head nurse Epiphany Johnson on the series since 2006. Then, the beloved Nurses Ball returns starting the week of April 3, a fictional glamorous charity event complete with red-carpet fashion and musical performances from the illustrious citizens of Port Charles dedicated to HIV/AIDS awareness. This marks the first time the Nurses Ball has aired since 2020. The festivities will then continue as icons of Port Charles unite to stop a legendary threat from the past. Jane Elliot is set to reprise her role as the legendary Tracy Quartermaine in April.

The ABC daytime soap opera has depicted the ongoing lives of the diverse and evolving citizens of Port Charles, New York. While delivering romance and the high-flying adventure for which soaps are often known, “GH” has regularly capitalized on its setting to present stories that speak to and enrich viewers’ lived experiences around the country.

In 2022, “General Hospital” won five Daytime Emmy Awards including the marquee Outstanding Drama Series, marking the show’s 15th win for this honor as well as the record for most wins in the category, a truly incredible fete and testament to the impact and resonance that the series has had with viewers to this day.

“General Hospital” stars Genie Francis, Maurice Benard, Finola Hughes, Kristina Wagner, Nancy Lee Grahn, Rebecca Herbst, Kelly Monaco, Laura Wright, Kirsten Storms, Dominic Zamprogna, Maura West, Chad Duell, Roger Howarth, Donnell Turner, Michael Easton, Eden McCoy, Cynthia Watros, Josh Swickard, Katelyn MacMullen, Sofia Mattsson, Amanda Setton, Brook Kerr, Nicholas Chavez, Avery Kristen Pohl, Cameron Mathison, Charles Shaughnessy, Tajh Bellow, Tanisha Harper, Tabyana Ali, Robert Gossett, Josh Kelly, Gregory Harrison and Evan Hofer.

“General Hospital” was created by husband-and-wife soap writers, Frank and Doris Hursley. Frank Valentini is the executive producer and showrunner. Chris Van Etten and Dan O’Connor are co-head writers. The series is produced by ABC.

About General Hospital
ABC’s Emmy® Award-winning daytime drama, “General Hospital,” is both the longest-running scripted drama and the longest-running American soap opera currently in production. One of four remaining daytime dramas, “General Hospital” holds the record for the most Outstanding Daytime Drama award wins, taking home the prestigious Emmy Award a record 15 times. Filmed in Hollywood, California, the show aired its 15,000th episode on June 22, 2022.

“GH” continues its tradition of passion, intrigue and adventure that has depicted the ongoing lives of the diverse and evolving citizens of the fictional town of Port Charles set in upstate New York. The glamour and excitement of those who have come to find their destinies in this familiar seaport town intertwine with the lives, loves and fortunes of beloved, well-known faces. As always, love, danger and mind-blowing plot twists abound on “GH” with contemporary storylines and unforgettable characters.

“General Hospital” is known for elevating awareness for numerous health and social issues, often ahead of its time, in conjunction with storylines including HIV/AIDS; tolerance and understanding for the gay, lesbian and transgender community; bipolar disorder, spousal abuse, sexual assault, workplace sexual harassment in the #MeToo era, gentrification, war refugees, voting rights and voter suppression, the fight for civil rights and against environmental racism, drug and alcohol addiction; breast cancer awareness; surrogacy and adoption; organ donations, autism and Alzheimer’s-related stories are all topics “GH” has trailblazed.

Many actors got their start on “General Hospital” including Demi Moore, John Stamos, Jack Wagner, Mark Hamill, Rick Springfield, Ricky Martin, Amber Tamblin, Emma Samms, Kimberly McCullough, Jonathan Jackson and Richard Dean Anderson.

“General Hospital” was created by husband-and-wife soap writers, Frank and Doris Hursley, and premiered on April 1, 1963. In 1978, Gloria Monty was brought in as executive producer and is credited with the creation of the first super-couple, Luke and Laura Spencer. Their 1981 wedding brought in 30 million viewers and remains the highest-rated hour in American soap opera history. Frank Valentini serves as “GH”’s current executive producer. Chris Van Etten and Dan O’Connor are the show’s co-head writers.

“General Hospital” airs weekdays on ABC (check local listings).

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Interview with Brec Bassinger, Donna Mills, Jesse Metcalfe, Joey McIntyre, and Khobe Clarke

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If you like V.C. Andrews’ books and Lifetime’s adaptations of them, you’ll probably like this one as well. I only saw the first episode, but it was enjoyable.  It was great to see these actors in the panel. Unfortunately, I don’t think Donna Mills and Jesse Metcalfe are in the later segments, just the first part. This particular book was not written by V.C. Andrews. She died in the 80’s. It’s written by Andrew Neiderman, who writes all of the “V.C. Andrews” books now, with permission from her trust.  There is a short introduction here from him.



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Dawn follows the story of Dawn Longchamp (Brec Bassinger), who after growing up in humble surroundings with a very hardworking family including her devoted father Ormand (Jesse Metcalfe) and older brother Jimmy (Khobe Clarke), suddenly has everything she loves ripped away from her. After discovering the shocking truth about the people who raised her, she is thrust into a new family whose dark and twisted secrets change the course of her life forever.  As Dawn struggles to fit in, her wicked grandmother Lillian Cutler (Donna Mills) rules her life with an iron fist and inflicts cruel punishments when Dawn does not follow her strict orders.  When Dawn finds herself entrenched in the mysteries surrounding the family, it becomes clear that a dark and inescapable curse looms over the Cutlers.

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Interview with “Jack Ryan” actors

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These were two very short interviews for this show. I don’t watch the show regularly, but if you love lots of action and some political intrigue, this is the show for you. I think it does help to know who’s who and what’s going on if you watched the first three seasons, but it’s not impossible to enjoy this fourth season if you haven’t. It’s fairly self-contained. Betty Gabriel is a regular on the show. Abbie Cornish is returning to the show. Michael Peña and Louis Ozawa both play very interesting villains this season.

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The fourth and final season of Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan finds the titular character on his most dangerous mission yet: facing an enemy both foreign and domestic. As the new CIA Acting Deputy Director, Jack Ryan is tasked with unearthing internal corruption, and in doing so, uncovers a series of suspicious black ops that could expose the vulnerability of the country. As Jack and the team investigate how deep the corruption runs, he discovers a far-worse reality—the convergence of a drug cartel with a terrorist organization—ultimately revealing a conspiracy much closer to home and testing our hero’s belief in the system he has always fought to protect.

The series stars John Krasinski as Jack Ryan, Wendell Pierce as James Greer, Michael Kelly as Mike November, and Betty Gabriel as CIA Acting Director Elizabeth Wright, with Abbie Cornish returning as Cathy Mueller. Joining the cast this season are Michael Peña as Domingo Chavez and Louis Ozawa as Chao Fah.

Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan is co-produced by Amazon Studios, Paramount Television Studios, and Skydance Television, and executive produced by Allyson Seeger, Andrew Form, John Krasinski, Brad Fuller, Michael Bay, and John Kelly. Additionally, Tom Clancy and Skydance Television’s David Ellison, Dana Goldberg, and Matt Thunell executive produce the fourth season, along with Vaun Wilmott, Mace Neufeld and Carlton Cuse.

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Interview with Idris Elba, Archie Panjabi, and Max Beesley

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This was an early-morning press conference in London that I watched on Zoom. The host took questions from us ahead of time, as well as from the audience. This is a great show that you won’t want to miss, particularly if you love high-stakes drama and action. It was great to watch their chat.



Kate Quilton (Moderator): Thank you so much for joining us today. I’ve got to say, I think Hijack might actually be my new favourite show. I don’t know about you guys, but I guess there might be a few fans out there that binged it like I did – oh, yes! We’ve got a round of applause already, isn’t it brilliant? Ok, well, let’s get our glittering cast and creatives out. First up, Idris Elba [AUDIENCE APPLAUSE]; Idris plays Sam Nelson, and he’s executive producer; this is George Kay, writer and executive producer; here we have Archie Panjabi, who plays Zahar Gahfoor; Max Beesley, who plays Daniel O’Farrel; and then we have Jim Field Smith, director and executive producer [ALL APPLAUSE]. Wow. Thank you so much. I mean, I literally think this stage is bowing under the weight of the talented accolades, really. I mean, you guys are a stella team, isn’t it, you are a force, absolute force. So, firstly, I just want to you, you play Sam Nelson, when did you first know, you were going to play Sam?

Idris Elba: Hi everyone, how you doing? Nice to see you all, thanks for coming.

Kate Quilton (Moderator): What happened? How did the script land on you? Was it a conversation with George?

Idris Elba: It was some… made in an alignment of timings. And I think, you know, the idea came… George had the idea and was rearing that, at the same junction I was looking at, you know, Apple and I had a deal that were trying to figure out what we were going to do together, and this came as just an idea from George and then became, you know, the story beats and then the scripts. So… But I knew really much very early when I sat with George and talked about what were trying to achieve and what, you know, the story and the perspective of this story. For me, as a producer and a talent, I was sort of interesting in doing something that, you know, hit the mark in television. I love television, I love making television, I have done for years. I play in the film space as well and I think the- the sort of merger between film and what is film and what is television has gotten smaller, that sort of line. And- and working with George was just like… it was a joy. I was a fan of his work and wanted to make that happen.

Kate Quilton (Moderator): Brilliant. Brilliant. I mean, Sam certainly stayed with me. I’ve got to say, like, you know, even that opening shot, it’s almost… the way you’re talking about the crossover between TV and film, it is filmic. I’ve never seen a travelator look so sexy in my life [ALL LAUGH]. Do you know what I mean? And the lens flare and the sun. And I love that motif that we see throughout, which is kind of, you know, you being backlit looking angelic and heroic, which actually brings me, really, I guess to the cinematography, and Jim, at the end.

Jim Field Smith: I thought you were going to say it brings you to Max Beesley.


Kate Quilton (Moderator): From angel to another [LAUGHS]. But it is, it is exquisite, I mean, how it’s shot; can you tell us a little bit about how you settled on shooting style and the look and feel of it?

Jim Field Smith:     Well obviously, we spent most of our time trying to make Idris look presentable, which is tough…

Kate Quilton (Moderator): Tough gig [LAUGHS].

Jim Field Smith: The biggest thing for us, I suppose, was we’ve got a show that’s set almost exclusively inside of an airplane. And there’s two problems with that, one is to make it engaging dramatically and not make it feel dull and flat, and the other thing is to make it feel like you are actually in an airplane that’s moving through the sky. So, it was sort of definitely very, very challenging, but we had a very talented team that figured out how to solve both of those issues. And I sort of heaped problem on top of problem by saying, you know, we didn’t really want to break this place apart, we wanted to move around the plane and never break through the skin of it, and we didn’t… I didn’t want the thing you sometimes see on screen where everything gets scaled up, we actually… the plane you see in the show is a millimetre for millimetre replication of a- of an airliner. So, we sort of made it as hard for ourselves as we possibly could and hope that translates onto screen into something that feels really convincing, but at the same time, yeah, try to make it look as engaging and sort of pull you into the drama as much as possible.

Kate Quilton (Moderator): Mhm. I mean, that must have been challenging. I mean, how many people were on that plane? I mean, obviously we have the two hundred passengers, plus crew…

Jim Field Smith: Well, as many as you see… As many as you see, plus some of them behind the camera, yeah. So, that was sort of everybody boarding a long-haul flight every single day for a hundred twenty days.

Kate Quilton (Moderator): [GASPS]

Idris Elba: In the middle of summer with no AC.

Jim Field Smith: In the middle of summer, yeah.

Kate Quilton (Moderator): How was that for you? I mean, you must be…

Idris Elba: It was great I…

Kate Quilton (Moderator): 6’ 3” ish?

Idris Elba: Yeah [LAUGHS].

Jim Field Smith: He’s been wearing shorts ever since.

Idris Elba: 6’ 3”, but luckily the first-class cabin had the extra legroom.

Kate Quilton (Moderator): Oh, ok. I guess you spent maybe half your time there and half at the back…

Idris Elba: Yeah, some of it in the back, yeah. But actually, you know, I think the- the fact that we didn’t break the Episode 2. Idris Elba in "Hijack," premiering June 28, 2023 on Apple TV+.plane apart and make… you know, this is a real plane, just in a studio, and the- the- the confinement of that just really applied to the drama. Even for the crew, you know, figuring out how we’re going to do this top shot without being able to take the roof off was about trying to figure out how to     do that. And, you know, it all sort of led into the claustrophobia of it, so the crew, the actors, you know, everyone was sort of tight, and we’re… it was almost like watching a documentary being made while being in the documentary, you know.

Jim Field Smith: It meant we could keep going more, you know, it meant that we could stay in the moment and let the scene play out more, which, you know, when you’re dealing with a hijacking it’s about people reacting and trying to figure out live, you know, how to get through the next second, how to get through the next minutes. And so, we were able to bring some of that into the actual making of it, you know, we used a lot of unbroken shots, we moved often with Sam’s character… with Idris’ character, Sam, we’re moving with him through the plane. So, we did a lot of that for real, you know. And there was a lot of like, you know, literally people having to hand the camera to each other and stuff like that. But, again, that was, as Idris says, that was all about wanting to feel engaged in the drama of it and not feel like it was artifice or that it was… we were sort of sitting aback and watching it from afar, I wanted it to feel like you’re in that hijack.

Kate Quilton (Moderator): Yeah, which you certainly do. I mean, you feel it, it’s a ride, you know what I mean? George, I want to ask you – George is the writer of the project – how did it come about? I mean, where did the… what was the genesis of the idea?

George Kay: I was on a train, actually – I was on the Eurostar, I was doing a lot of work in France – and we were in the Eurostar tunnel and the train stops quite abruptly. And even though I knew everything was alright, it flashed through my mind, what if there’s something going on, on this train? What if it’s happening up the carriages? And I looked around me at the people, the kind of businessman eating his lunch, and the squabbling family, and I thought like, how would we     cope as a group of people if this was a serious incident? Would the tough looking guy really be tough, would the kind of the weedy guy really rise up and actually cover himself in glory and manage to stand up to people. Who are these people really when you look past them as- as- as… you get past your prejudice of those people and how they look. And it kind of put me in mind of blitz spirit and like when the chips are down, how does the British or an international community cope when suddenly thrust into kind of extremes. Then the thought of a plane was much more of a visual, you know, we could really open it up…

Kate Quilton (Moderator): High stakes.

George Kay: High stakes. Also, like a moving society, you know, we’ve got a class system on a plane, you’ve got all sorts of people. But as all the characters experience, whether they’re on the ground or in the plane, that hijacking is a great leveller for all these people and so they really get tested, no matter what their rank, no matter what their class seat they’re sitting on a plane, so it felt like a good setting to take it to a plane.

Idris Elba: So, you’re saying that I’m the weedy guy [ALL LAUGH]. So, that’s what’s really going on here, I didn’t see that.

George Kay: You’re the business guy eating his lunch. On a serious point, what was great was that when Idris came on board to play Sam, we all have our understanding of Idris as an actor and his like… and it’s great to give a role that, I think, that’s kind of a… he doesn’t have those skills of a Royal Marine or an SAS soldier or stuff, he’s really… as a character…

Kate Quilton (Moderator):     But he does in a real life…

George Kay: But he looks like he might. He looks like he might, right, yeah [LAUGHS]. So, it’s quite fun to play with what the hijackers thought… think of Sam Nelson, and what Sam Nelson thinks they think of Sam Nelson. Those are fun layers to exploit.

Kate Quilton (Moderator): Yeah. Now, Archie and Max, together, you’re part of the ground force, what’s happening on the ground?

Max Beesley: After you, Archie.

Archie Panjabi: So, yeah, so I am the… Gosh, I was so interested in hearing how it all came about, I completely lost my words [ALL LAUGH]. Zahar’s character first learns about the hijacking and gets together all the authorities and starts a big investigation. We were in a room that… not as narrow as the aircraft, but it was still… it was probably about three times the size of the stage, and the room just got bigger and bigger as it became more tense. Those were stressful scenes though, we all had to stay in one position, we couldn’t move because of the number people in the room, we were watching the monitor with like a dart, which was the aircraft, and really like intense scenes.

Kate Quilton (Moderator): Who had it worse?

Archie Panjabi: Sorry?

Kate Quilton (Moderator): Nobody knows who had it worse [LAUGHS].

Archie Panjabi: Yeah, well, I think we did because he was in business class with his feet… first class?

Kate Quilton (Moderator): First.

Archie Panjabi: He was in first. We were kind of packed like sardines too. But we did have, you know, I was telling Idris earlier, we did have a good laugh on the show. It was intense, right, Jim? We had a lot of fun on the show.

Kate Quilton (Moderator): So, when the script first landed with you, did you know immediately, yes, I want to play Zahar?

Archie Panjabi: Well, when I first read it, I think I was sent three and I couldn’t put it down. And then, by the end of the third one, I wanted to know if my character had [LAUGHS] successfully saved the passengers, so I phoned up my agent and said, “I need to read four to seven”, and she said [LAUGHS] so selfish of me. But she said, “do you not want to do it?”, I said “no, I’d love to do it. I just need to know what happens to the passengers” And that’s when I thought this is a brilliant script, it’s really thrilling, it’s going to have audiences at the edge of their seat, so. And Idris was in it, of course, and Max and Jim and [LAUGHS].

Kate Quilton (Moderator): I’ve just been handed a message, which, shall I read this out? Thank you. Ok, thanks, Ernie. Please remind press here in the screening room that while photos are ok, please do not video tape the press conference, thanks, Ernie. Running in a rule! Thank you. So, no videos but photos are great. So, sorry. Sorry to interrupt! [LAUGHS]. Brilliant, so, Max, I think you have maybe one of the best entrances possible, you know, just that killer reveal at the beginning     of the episode where you literally just roll into frame and it’s… it’s a couple of seconds but we learn so much. In terms of storytelling, it is brilliant. I mean, for you, when you first read the script, did you think, ok, I’m in, this is brilliant?

Max Beesley: Well, I… Interestingly enough, Idris is very kind enough to suggest me for the role to the producers, which was lovely, and then- and then when I got the scripts, the first thing I always look at is who’s written it, because I write myself and I love… I like good writing. And I saw it was George, and then Jim as a director, and I’d seen Criminal, and what I loved about that show was it was compelling. It was in such small, confined spaces yet there was so much going on within the stillness, if that makes sense, and I thought it was really clever television that they’d both created. And so, immediately, I was like great, let’s go. And also, I wanted to work with Idris. I didn’t realise that he’d be thirty thousand feet up in the air and I’d be running around the ground trying to find out what was going on, you know, but…

Kate Quilton (Moderator): Did you ever see each other?

Max Beesley: No, not even in the six months shooting [LAUGHS].

Idris Elba: No, not once.

Max Beesley: So… But, of course, after reading it, the first couple of episodes – I think I read three – and the character became more and more involved. And there are so many wonderful nuances for me to play as well as a professional policeman, but also from a personal point of view, being involved in Sam’s ex-wife, played by Christine Adams. And we get very subtle reminders of that, you know, on the picture frame, there’s pictures of Sam with the family and he’s obviously     handsome and he’s, you know, he’s got a vibe about him. And so, I think that policemen, while they’re so tenacious and professional and very good at their jobs, their personal lives are very discombobulated, if you like. So, there was something interesting there for me to get hold of. And then, of course, my… Archie’s character is another ex-lover of this rogue… were we lovers? I think we were. George?

George Kay: Yeah.

Kate Quilton (Moderator): I mean, I’m itching to know the backstory because the relationship between you two, I mean, that dynamic just leaps off the screen, doesn’t it. I mean, something- something really bad went down [LAUGHS].

Max Beesley: We had… something went down, I’m not quite sure what it was, Kate, but…

Archie Panjabi: Oh, I am.


Max Beesley: Oh, ok [LAUGHS]. But it’s excellent because we very delicately and subtly worked through Christine’s messages from… from Idris’ character, Sam, and then my relationship, past relationship with Archie, who is in counterterrorism, we can then start formulating something we don’t really think is going on, but as the dominos fall then we realise we’re into a very serious situation. Quite quickly in the show as well, which is good because it grabs you quite quickly. And it’s high octane… high octane stuff. It’s really, you know, a great drama… a thriller and a great drama. I’m really proud to be a part of it, you know.

Jim Field Smith: We actually, you just reminded me you guys talking about being on the ground, is that part of the necessity of where we shot was that everyone was sort of     separated, but it was also slightly by design as well. And the people on the plane never met really any of the people on the ground but used to call each other the ‘ground people’ and the ‘plane people’ [ALL LAUGH]. And they would always try and sneak in and look at what we were doing in other sets, and we’re like get off, get out of here. Because, of course, part of the, you know, without being too highfalutin about it, part of the fun of it is about information and about who knows what. And, you know, the genius of Sam’s character is he’s trying to get information to the ground without being caught doing that by the hijackers, meanwhile, because of the methods that he’s using, which are maybe a little bit unconventional, the characters on the ground are having to decipher this and figure out is it hijacked or is it not. And so, we sort of deliberately wanted to keep everyone separate and keep everyone guessing the whole time. And, yeah, again, hopefully that comes across on the screen.

Idris Elba: [LAUGHS] I remember actually, you know, because we’re shooting at a studio with several stages, and because I couldn’t sort of go and see what the other stages were doing every now and then, I’d always stay near the back, and then one time I realised I was walking right through basically a whole shot. And I think Archie was in there, I think, and everyone was huddled in this tiny room, and they were just, you know, I think they were just running lines, right, and I just walk past. And I was like “hey!” [ALL LAUGH] and they all looked at me like, what are you thinking? You’re meant to be… and I was in full costume, blood on my face, they were like, he looks happy! What the fuck are we doing!


Jim Field Smith: He’s fine, hijack’s over, guys.

Idris Elba: I thought everyone would be like, hey, what’s up, Idris! They were like, what are you doing here? Just get out, man, you’re killing our vibe.

Kate Quilton (Moderator): Brilliant. Well, those are a few questions from me, but the people we are really interested to hear questions from today is everyone out here and also everyone online who has joined us virtually. So, I’ll start by taking a question from the floor in the room here, if anyone has got a question, just pop your hand up and we’ll get a mic to you before you ask it.

Press: This question is for Max, you mentioned that you didn’t have the opportunity to meet with Idris for about six months while shooting, but your character is pretty much solving, trying to solve the pieces of the puzzle to this, you know, mystery with what’s going on with, you know, this hijacking, so did that help you in your role not having to be able to interact with Idris in those six months, or did that hinder you?

Max Beesley: I… It was helpful. I mean, just from a professional point of view, I wanted to do the dance with Idris on set because he’s a terrific actor, but I think it helped a little bit. And also, obviously, he’s a very handsome man, so like I say, when you do… there are very subtle shots of me and Christine in the bedroom, there are family pictures of her with Idris’ character with the boys, and there’s just a couple of moments that Jim shot there where you just… it’s the male thing of, you know, just like, what am I working with? And these… this guy is a professional but so is Sam, he’s a very successful professional guy. And so, I don’t know, I mean, yeah, it probably did help, maybe, yeah, I’m not too sure, just try to be real on the day with the scene and that’s it.

Kate Quilton (Moderator): Thank you. Oh yeah, let’s take it. Thank you.

Press: Thank you. Question for Idris, obviously this is an action thriller, so talk us through, please, if it’s ok, the sort of fight sequences or action sequences, and     sort of how did it effect you? Did you get battered and bruised, or were there any injuries or anything like that?

Idris Elba: So, I guess, you know, one of the things that I guess was by design was that, you know, we didn’t take this plane apart and made it easier for us to shoot, we designed all the action sequences with what we’ve got, ok. And, you know, you know, Sam does a lot of sneaking around the plane, you know. Me sneaking on a plane is like, bro, what you doing? [ALL LAUGH]. We can see you, you know, so it meant that I had to even get lower, or we had to figure out another way. And that was actually really, again, adds to the sort of drama and reality of this thing. The fight sequences were certainly hard to shoot. They were choreographed within the space, if we hurt ourselves, we just took a breather and carried on, because not to say that we didn’t care but it’s just we didn’t try and change the choreography not to hurt ourselves because, in this instance, the fight sequence- sequences were based on what would we do rather than this is a fight sequence, you know. And one of the memorable ones for me is the one with Neil’s character, and this gun and this tiny kitchen space – I’m a big man, so I could just… but it just wasn’t easy to move around and fight this guy, especially if my character is not a fighter, he’s fighting out of desperation and he’s frightened of getting shot. Not only is he frightened of getting shot, but he doesn’t want the plane to go down because of a bullet. So, there’s all this stuff that was part of the design of the action and I think really gives… puts the audience in that… we’ve all been on a plane, we’ve all sat in a chair and looked over and seen that person from this perspective, we’ve all looked down the aisle and looked behind us, and that’s what Jim and the team really designed well and implemented into the action sequences, you know.

Kate Quilton (Moderator): Thank you. I’m going to take a question now from the journalists that have joined us virtually. So, this is a question to Archie and Max, and this is from Barbara Monker, who is at DPA in Germany, you’re part of the team on the     ground and the personal backstory, how did you experience the tension building on the plane while figuring out a solution on the ground?

Archie Panjabi: Well, I guess we’re, you know, the great thing about filming this is that we did it chronologically and so the tension just builds. And having to, you know, work with the ministers, the JTAC, the county-terrorism, there’s all these different things going on that [LAUGHS]… I guess the pressure just builds so much that the tension in that room just escalates to a point where it becomes unbearable. In terms of us…

Max Beesley: Yes, carry on.

Episode 2. Archie Panjabi in "Hijack," premiering June 28, 2023 on Apple TV+.

Archie Panjabi: I remember when we first met, we were like, well, what’s our chemistry? What’s our backstory? What’s our history? And I think we both had two different stories, didn’t we, we both decided each of us had chucked each other, and then you pointed to the script, didn’t you…

Kate Quilton (Moderator): I said you were the dominant… you’re the dominant, you broke my heart, maybe.  I mean, I think it’s only George that can settle this.

George Kay: Yeah, sorry, Max…

Kate Quilton (Moderator): George, what’s the backstory?

Max Beesley: Was I an animal? I don’t know anything.

George Kay: I think Zahar is strong and managed to kind of see that maybe Daniel is not the right partner and they broke up. But they did have a relationship, for sure, yeah.

Archie Panjabi: And maybe Sam Nelson was more appropriate, you think? [ALL LAUGH]

Max Beesley: In answer to that lady’s question [LAUGHS]…

Kate Quilton (Moderator): That’s a whole new series.

Idris Elba: Yeah, a whole new one.

George Kay: A love triangle.

Max Beesley: No, no, in answer to the question, when we were working on the ground, obviously as we get more information, the stakes are high, everything’s heightened, everything’s heightened, everything’s heightened. And then, we’re out on the road and then the counter-terrorism units are involved, response units are involved, then it really does… you just play the script and that’s all you need to do. And it grows quite beautifully, you know, throughout the seven hours of the show, I think, so…

Archie Panjabi: There’s a really nice moment though, isn’t there, there’s a really nice moment when I’m driving the car and you ask me all these questions about your ex, and I have a complete… I have a go at you, and at the end she just says, “it’s ok, I get it”. I think from then onwards we just work together.

Max Beesley:     We’re very good at our jobs, which is important, and ultimately, we do kind of really help the situation, I think, you know.

Kate Quilton (Moderator): I think you’re all quite exceptional at your jobs. Talking about the tension building…

Max Beesley: Sorry, I meant as the characters. I wasn’t being an egomaniac. We are both very good counter-terrorist policemen, ok [ALL LAUGH].

Kate Quilton (Moderator): Oh, funny. There’s a question here, and this is to Jim and George, it’s from the States, it’s from Cherry the Geek TV – Joe at Cherry the Geek TV. Now, he was wondering if you could talk about the real time element in the show. In the past, this type of story was told as a two-hour movie, with this format, you’re telling the story of the seven-hour flight over the course of seven hours, and it works really well. Talk about the development of the stories and the challenges, and maybe unexpected surprises of doing this story in real time.

George Kay: You want to go first?

Jim Field Smith: Yeah. Well, I was going to answer the second bit, do you want to answer the first bit?

George Kay: Yeah, ok, yeah. In terms of the- the real time of seven hours and maintaining tension, what I realised when writing was that in the hijacking situation, it’s not immediately life or death, it’s not like you’re just about to be pushed off the edge of a cliff or something. For Sam’s character… For Idris’ character, Sam, he has to contend with a situation that is about to be, constantly is about to be life or death. So, there’s time and tension is suspended because until you know what     those hijackers want, where they’re taking the plane, what they intend to do, these are all unknowable things at the start of our story, and so we have a kind of… we’ve got a tension inbuilt. And there’s no point breaking that, from a writing perspective, there’s no point breaking that tension, you want to unfold the mystery really carefully and slowly because you should have people’s breath held in their chests at that point, and you’ve got seven hours to play with, that’s all they know. And I think at the end of the first or second episode, it becomes clear that they’re going to go to London, I don’t know what we can say in terms of the story, but the seven hours is the size of the football pitch under which Sam Nelson can plot his strategy around and get to his goal. So, the tension is going to be there throughout because you’re edging all more incrementally towards a more intense situation the whole time.

Kate Quilton (Moderator): And at which point did you decide, right, we’re going to do this real time?

Jim Field Smith: I was looking at the- the flight distances and the length of a TV series, and they’re very similar, and actually then the thought they cropped up, well, hang on, why don’t we just play it, why don’t we just run it for real, because we’ve all been on what would feel like interminable plane journeys, that it would not feel interminable or it would be suddenly a short, intense and magnified experience if you were under a hijacking so it just felt right that the length of the show seems to be the length of a flight.

Jim Field Smith: What you don’t want to be is on a flight that gets captained by the network halfway through [ALL LAUGH].

Kate Quilton (Moderator): Was that reason at the beginning, you thought… [LAUGHS]

Jim Field Smith:     They can’t- they can’t cancel it. Yeah, one of the… One of the bits of research we were doing early on, I was listening to this testimony from a hijack survivor, and she said this thing that really, really stuck with me the whole way through the show, which was that she had been in a hijack situation and she said, “during a hijack, time ceases to exist and all you’re left with is decisions”. And that… I sort of had that in my head the whole time because it is real time, it’s potentially more real time for the people on the ground as it is for the people on the plane. As George has said, for the people, you’re sort of suspended, I mean, you’re literally suspended but you’re sort of in suspension and you’re just trying to figure out how to sort of live through to the next moment. For the people on the ground, they’re scrambling for answers, they’re trying to figure out what’s going on, and of course, this plane is heading essentially towards them. In terms of the second part of the question, there were… the sort of… some of the challenges of making it sort of perversely became, I think, some of the benefits of the show. So, the problem with making a real time drama is that you are wedded to every single decision that you make in production throughout. Normally, if it’s like, oh, we hate this jacket, oh, don’t worry, we’ll get rid of it in the next scene or, you know, we’re going to jump to this or we can cut around this or we can go there, we can’t do that in our show. So, we had to live with all of the decisions that we made, and that’s the reality of what would happen in that situation and so we weren’t able to do the convenient thing of jumping ahead in time or sort of swerving around something, we had to just take everything head on. So, you know, we made decisions about characters in episode one that we then had to, you know, essentially live with. And I think, hopefully, that’s to the benefit of the show. You know, the downsides are that you can’t avoid anything. If you’ve got a real time storyline, you’ve got scripts that are written to a real time storyline, you can’t skip things.

Kate Quilton (Moderator): And there’s very little fixing in the edit.

Jim Field Smith:     There’s very little, you know, but the good thing was, to bring it back to the original point, the material on the plane we found could actually expand, because actually once you’re in those scenes on a plane, we, hopefully successfully, went for it, like I really wanted to feel the tension of moments that in any other situation would be completely inconsequential, feeling like the most important thing ever, like, you know, Sam’s character waiting for someone to move slightly so they’re not in his eyeline anymore and they can go this way. You know, I wanted those moments to feel like they lasted forever almost, you know, and- and conversely, wanted the stuff on the ground to feel like relentless, so.

Episode 1. Idris Elba in "Hijack," premiering June 28, 2023 on Apple TV+.George Kay: Also, we… we didn’t want to do any flashbacks or give the audience any irony or any knowledge that Sam and the characters on board didn’t have, everything has to be earned for people on the ground and for the people on the plane. TV is full of shows that are mixing timelines and flashing back and giving audience better knowledge than some of the characters in the show, so it felt fresh to try something just linear, everyone learning at the same time.

Idris Elba: Just quickly, as an actor though, it felt like I was flying to Mars [ALL LAUGH]. I was just like, am I still on this flight? Six months later I’m still on the flight, or three seasons of the show, are we still here? What’s going on?

Kate Quilton (Moderator): In the same outfit [LAUGHS]. Like, how many…

Idris Elba: Ironically, the same shirt I’m wearing now. I’m joking.

Kate Quilton (Moderator): Did you have… Was it kind of like Jeff Goldblum in The Fly, did you have like literally twelve hanging up in your dressing room?

Idris Elba: Yeah, and they were all very different stages. Oh, this one over here with all this blood on, I know where that is, I’ll wear that again, ah man


Kate Quilton (Moderator): Brilliant. Alright, we’ll take another question from the floor. Excellent.

Press: Not a very intellectual question, but I wondered, before making the show were any of you afraid of flying and if that had changed since making it?

Archie Panjabi: Well, I didn’t fly on the show, but in terms of watching it, no, no not at all. I think maybe for the first five minutes and then after that it didn’t really affect me so much. But I have done a few dramas on a plane before so maybe I’m, you know, used to flying, I don’t feel the fear so much.

Idris Elba: I, no, for me, more informed about flight and airplanes now, which is weird, you know what I’m saying, I’ll sit on a plane, and I’ll be like, oh, the A3 80 [ALL LAUGHS], oh, different trim, interesting. I don’t know this shit. But it’s actually not, you know, I love flying, I love travelling, and I’ve always, always said hello to staff on planes, off planes, just by way of people wanting to say and wave and what not, so yeah, it just felt interesting to be on a plane again after making this show.

Kate Quilton (Moderator): Can I ask a question…

Max Beesley: Before you do, can I just say, sorry, because I flew in six hours ago on a BA flight and every single stewardess was like “are you doing something with Idris? He’s so lovely. We’ve had him on British Airways so many times, he’s such a nice guy”. Like, six minutes in, and I’m like, can we get back to me for a second?     But yeah, that was nice to hear. But I did use to have a fear of flying. I used to love it and then I had a couple of terrible, terrible turbulent flights, and then it was Paul McKenna actually that helped me years ago and now I love it. But I do remember after 9/11, because I live in Los Angeles, I always eyeball the passengers when I get on, and I just think, right…

Idris Elba: That’s helpful.

Max Beesley: Yeah [LAUGHS]. Right. Yeah, I’m like… No, I’m not… I just clock them quite quietly and I just go, mm, ok, because I’ve got two little girls and so I’m… if anything’s going to happen, I’m going… Well, after watching this show, you don’t know, who knows…

Kate Quilton (Moderator): Who knows? But, as you already said, you are an excellent policeman, what would you be looking for on that flight?

Max Beesley: Just little tell-tale signs. You know stewardess, when you board a plane and stewards, they’re also reading you as a passenger as someone who can help them in an event, who’s fit? Who’s looking good? Who’s drunk? Who doesn’t drink on the plane? You know, so, yeah, I’m into flying, I really like it a lot.


Kate Quilton (Moderator): If you ever happen to be on a flight with Max, he might be…

Max Beesley: You’ll be alright, you’ll be alright.

Kate Quilton (Moderator): Don’t be alarmed! Right, we’ve got loads of hands in the audience so let’s go wherever we can get a microphone, yeah! Great. Excellent.

Press: Idris, serious question here, this sees you do a more multi-dimensional role, but in terms of being an actor and getting a variety of roles, is it a blessing or a curse to be a good-looking man?


Idris Elba: I’m getting a lot of love today, thank you very much.

Press: Max, you can answer that as well, if you like.

Idris Elba: Wow. Look, I’m sure it’s all subjective. I’m not sure I’m good-looking to everyone, but there is something interesting you said earlier, George was talking about, you know, the weedy man versus the strong man and, you know, my size and shape and, you know, all my life sort, oh, you’re a big lad, you know, and I’ve taken on roles that sort of feed into that a little bit. And in this particular time, I was really interested in playing against that. Even though Sam is what he is, he isn’t always the sort of hero in that sense, you know. He’s using… it’s more cerebral, he’s quite vulnerable in the sense that he’s got lots going on internal in terms of his family, and I really was interested in that, you know. So, it played against type, if you like, and I… Yeah, you know, some camera angles are not sexy man, especially on a plane, let me tell you. When Jim’s got the camera right up my nozzle, I’m like, are you sure that’s the angle bro? [ALL LAUGH] Can I just shift to the light? He’s like, no, no, no, this is perfect.

Kate Quilton (Moderator): And let’s take another question from our journalists virtually, this is from Nando Rona at Deadline in Germany, this is it to Idris, Archie and Max, how do you think you might personally react in a situation like the series because of the show? So, since you’ve made it, how might you react on a plane that [LAUGHS] has been hijacked?

Idris Elba: Well, look, you know, I would shut up and mind my own business.

Kate Quilton (Moderator): Really?

Idris Elba: No. But I wouldn’t be Sam, for sure, I just wouldn’t have thought out that clearly, but if I had an opportunity to speak to a hijacker and I got eye contact and I thought for a second that person would listen to me, I would go for that and be like, dude, this is very stupid. Or, dude, can you get me a drink please? Just quickly get me drink [ALL LAUGH]. I don’t think I would be the hero guy that’s trying to, you know, outsmart the hijackers, I doubt that very much, but I certainly would want to help the staff and say, look, I’ll, you know, if you need a volunteer to help you do something, I’m in, a hundred percent.

Kate Quilton (Moderator): And you’ve got a bit of intel now. I mean, you’ve learned a lot making this series.

Idris Elba: I know. I know how to fly now, I know how to fly a plane, so yeah.

Kate Quilton (Moderator): What about you, Archie?

Archie Panjabi: I don’t know what I would do. I guess it would depend on the hijackers, what they were like. I’d like to think I’d be able to communicate with them and talk with them, use some of Zahar’s skills, but I don’t know, that’s a really interesting question. It would depend on the people.

Kate Quilton (Moderator): Max?

Max Beesley: Again, I’m no idea…

Kate Quilton (Moderator): Employ McKenna? I mean, would you rely on a few of those hypnotherapy tips, I don’t know.

Max Beesley: No, I’m… Because I remember years ago, I got robbed in Ladbroke Grove at gunpoint and I remember thinking if that ever happens, I’ll go to work and take care of business, and I completely froze. I was in a chair with a gun at the back of my head. And even if I had a weapon I would have said, “brother, I’ve got a gun here, man”, I was terrified. So, I don’t know. I have a friend in America, Spencer Stone, who was a… in the military, and he was on the Amsterdam to Paris, he was one of the soldiers that took that chap down. I’ve spoken to him at length about it and I think you’re just wired in a different way, so I’ve got no idea. I’ve got no idea what, you know.

Kate Quilton (Moderator): And George, I mean, it feels unfair to leave you out but…

George Kay: I would…. I would run and hide in the toilet [ALL LAUGH]. I would not step up at all, I think.

Kate Quilton (Moderator): Jim?

Jim Field Smith: Me and George and a friend of ours used to play a game that if the three of us were on a boat that was sort of marooned at sea, which of us would turn on each other first to kill them and eat them? So, I think [LAUGHS] every man for themselves.

Kate Quilton (Moderator):     Are you… Ok, you’re eater, not eaten.

Jim Field Smith: I’d definitely rather be eating than be eaten [ALL LAUGH]. If that’s what you’re asking me.

George Kay: I get eaten in the game.

Kate Quilton (Moderator): Oh, you get eaten.

Idris Elba: What’s the name of this game?


Kate Quilton (Moderator): I think we got one… We’ve got time for just one more question from the floor. Great, we’ve got a mic there.

Kate Quilton (Moderator): Last question, do you think you could watch Hijack on a flight?

Idris Elba: [LAUGHS]

George Kay: Do you think they’re going to put it on when- when…?

Kate Quilton (Moderator): [LAUGHS] I don’t know, you might want to fight for it, George, I don’t know, like have that chat…

Jim Field Smith: You can watch it on a seven-hour flight. That would be a very specific requirement you need to be able to watch it.

George Kay:     It would be annoying to watch it on a four-hour flight.

Idris Elba: It would have to be a nine-hour flight because you’ve got two hours delay, then they don’t let the thing work.

Kate Quilton (Moderator): I mean, it’s intense. I watched one episode on a train and that was enough for me, to be honest, the blood pressure definitely raised for sure. Thank you so much, everyone. Thank you so much for this really exceptional piece of work. It is, yeah, an exhilarating ride. I will, just to bounce things out, compliment you all on your looks and say you are all beautiful, exceptionally handsome…

Jim Field Smith: And very good at our jobs.

Kate Quilton (Moderator): But it is a very beautiful panel. So, thank you so much, thank you for joining us today, thank you for coming, thank you everyone online.




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Told in real time, “Hijack” is a tense thriller that follows the journey of a hijacked plane as it makes its way to London over a seven hour flight, and authorities on the ground scramble for answers. Idris Elba will star as ‘Sam Nelson,’ an accomplished negotiator in the business world who needs to step up and use all his guile to try and save the lives of the passengers — but, his high-risk strategy could be his undoing. Archie Panjabi will play the role of ‘Zahra Gahfoor,’ a counter terrorism officer who is on the ground when the plane is hijacked and becomes part of the investigation. The series also stars Christine Adams, Max Beesley, Eve Myles, Neil Maskell, Jasper Britton, Harry Michell, Aimee Kelly, Mohamed Elsandel and Ben Miles.

“Hijack” has been produced by 60Forty Films, the production company set up by Emmy Award winning Executive Producers Jamie Laurenson and Hakan Kousetta (‘Slow Horses’, ‘The Essex Serpent’) under its exclusive content deal with Apple TV+, alongside Kay and FIeld-Smith’s own production company Idiotlamp Productions, and also marks the first series to debut from Elba’s first-look deal with Apple TV+ and his Green Door Pictures. In addition to writing and directing, Kay and Field Smith each serve as executive producers alongside Elba, Jamie Laurenson, Hakan Kousetta and Kris Thykier.

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"Hijack" press conference (posted on Jim Field Smith's Twitter)

Interview with Jamie Bamber

TV Interview!


Jamie Bamber as Harry King in "Cannes Confidential" on Acorn

Interview with Jamie Bamber of “Cannes Confidential” on Acorn by Suzanne 6/23/23

It was wonderful to speak with Jamie on Zoom today. As I told him, I’ve been a huge fan of his ever since “Battlestar: Galactica,” which he starred in (20 years ago this December!). It was an outstanding series and one of the most successful TV reboots. He’s done great work since in many other shows, including “Law and Order UK” and “NCIS.” He has a great role in this new series as Harry King, a conman of sorts, who is incredibly charming (and also very annoying, especially to Camille, the police officer that he becomes involved with). He’s also haunted by his past.  The characters are complex and interesting, but it’s also a lighthearted and fun series, which lots of action. I hope you can watch it! It’s only 6 episodes, but they fly by. The show also has beautiful scenery and music.

Suzanne:   It’s great to see you. I enjoyed the screeners of the show. I loved it.

Jamie:   Oh, bless you. Thanks for watching. I really appreciate that.

Suzanne:   Yeah, it reminds me of [the 80’s TV show] Remington Steele a lot. I was a huge fan of that.

Jamie:   Yeah, so that’s definitely what we’re going for. We’re going for, you know, a police procedural that the whole family can enjoy, that should be fun, with characters that hopefully you’ll wish you were alongside them as they discuss the case and as they argue with each other, and as they get up to all sorts of scrapes that you want to be with them, sort of Lethal Weapon style.

Suzanne:   Right, right. Well, maybe you’ll be the next James Bond.

Jamie:   I’m waiting for the call.

Suzanne:   Oh, well, I’ve been a big fan of yours since Battlestar Galactica. Can you believe that this December is 20 years since it started?Jamie Bamber as (Apollo) on "Battlestar Galactica"

Jamie:   Strangely, I can believe it, because I know it’s true. But yeah, does it feel like 20 years ago? I don’t know what 20 years feels like, but I guess that’s what it feels like. Yeah, it’s a long time. And yeah, it’s weird. I was just with some of my cast mates at a convention in Phoenix. And, you know, we’re so close that we’ve never really been apart. We see each other regularly all the time. So, we’ve never really left the show behind. So, it is odd that was 20 years ago, but we love the milestones, because other people then remember us, and we get to be part of the conversation again, as we were back in the day.

Suzanne:   Oh, that’s great. That’s great. So, how did your involvement in this project come about?

Jamie:   Well, it was the first script I read after the first lockdown. And I know that, because, as soon as I was allowed to, I went to visit my mom, as people all over the world did with parents that they had lost touch with – not lost touch, but hadn’t seen. So, she lives in the south of France, and I happened to be there when another friend of mine from Marseille called me and said, “Look, I’ve just seen your name on a shortlist for a show called Cannes Confidential. Would you like to read the script?” It’s a friend of mine producing; I said, “Of course.” So, I read the script. I immediately fell in love with the nod to The Persuaders, that whole Cary Grant, Roger Moore, in the south of France kind of vibe. And I thought, “Well, if I can shoot a show, where I used to live, basically just down the road from where I used to live, I will do it.” And then, I read the dialogue, and I really liked it. I really enjoyed the tone, which is light and humorous, and the energy which comes from dialogue, rather than from, you know, any kind of sort of big angst or anything like that. So, yeah, I was in. The project been changed an awful lot. I can’t lie; I had some issues with some of the changes, but all the way through, the producers were great with me. They allowed me to sort of retain the essence of the character that I fell in love with, and they gave me some leeway with dialogue and stuff like that to maintain the sort of infuriatingly unflappable charm that Harry has on the surface, and yet also the sort of brooding tragedy that lies sort of somewhere beneath. And that was the attraction for me to play, a complicated man who seems effortlessly uncomplicated.

Suzanne:   It’s only six episodes, but they packed so much into it with the characters. The episode to episode mysteries and the backstories and the action. It didn’t seem like six episodes when I watched it. It seemed like a whole season. That’s a good thing.

Jamie:   Well, I appreciate that, and I’m glad. I’m glad. Well, I hope you enjoyed it. But, we’d love to make more than six episodes. Let’s see.

Suzanne:   Yeah, that’d be great. And I love the music too. I mean, the whole thing was kind of cinematic, but I felt that the music was very much so like those old movies that you’re talking about, but not in a bad way.

Jamie:   Yeah, no, I mean, that’s all done deliberately. I mean, the photographer Philippe Lozano is a true artist. He was very, very exacting. He had a style in mind, and it absolutely had to be filmic. And, you know, we were very much aware that is the element of the show. You have to want to be in Cannes. You have to fall in love with the city. That’s the other character. It’s the fourth character in the show. It’s the primary character in the show. And you’re right, the music is a sort of throwback to sort of, you know, those shows, The Persuaders. They’ve got simple little memes and little melodies for each character in each situation. Harry’s definitely got a theme that whenever he’s around, there’s this little trilling theme that sort of effortlessly jauntily flows its way through. Yeah, I agree with you. I’m very happy with those two elements as well.

Suzanne:   There’s one with a sort of, not haunted house, but [involving a séance] – and it was very Hitchcockian, and I thought the music turned very Hitchcockian.

Jamie:   Yeah, and you know there are references to Hitchcock films all the way through, and movies all the way through. One of Harry’s pseudonyms is Archie Leach, which is Cary Grant’s real name. And there’s a poster for To Catch a Thief in the hotel episode. So, yeah, those are all the influences, and we make no bones about it, that those are the shows we want to sort of evoke from the past. And we want to sort of celebrate that, because when you go to the south of France, when you go to that part of the world, you are stepping in the footsteps of the people that put it on the map over very many years, because, you know, they’re all just little fishing villages that have been transformed into these glamour spots by festivals and movie stars and famous films and TV shows.

Suzanne:   And have you ever played a character anything like this before? I’m trying to think if you have.

Jamie:   No, I don’t think anything quite like this. That’s really what drew me. I love watching old Cary Grant films. I love the effortlessness. He does nothing, and yet he seems to have everything. Roger Moore, I’m a massive admirer of Roger Moore, David Niven. Who else? Pierce Brosnan. You know, these are the people that we’ve exported over the years, and just the chance to play a character that’s even a little bit like that was a great opportunity. I’ve had characters in the past that have had elements of it, but they’re always in a much darker world. I mean, my character in Strike Back had elements of it, but that was a military action show where he was also a killer. You didn’t really get to dwell on that. So, yeah, it was fun just to play someone who seems to be effortless and light hearted, and yet, beneath, you know, there’s more to it than that.

Suzanne:   Was it difficult to walk this fine line you have there between charming and obnoxious?

Jamie:   Well, I think so. I’m not sure that I always did, but, yeah. And yeah, he is infuriating to her. So, the charm has to work on some level for the audience, but it also has to be deeply, deeply irritating to her, because she’s not someone who operates through charm. She operates through interrogation, arrest, investigation. She’s very direct, and Harry’s deflective. He deflects everything that comes anywhere near him. And yeah, you do see him actually, as the series progresses, as, you know, you see elements where he’s dealing with relationships that pre-exists the world he’s now in, and you see that his past implies a very different character than he’s now inhabiting. So, there’s a bit of an actor to him.

Jamie Bamber as Harry King in "Cannes Confidential" on AcornSuzanne:   Yes, and there’s a lot of action in the show. The women do, I would say, probably most of it, but you do a lot of it, too. Did you do any of your own stunts?

Jamie:   Well, I did all my own stunts, because I don’t think I did very many stunts. I think you’re being very generous to say that I was involved at all. I think, you know, maybe I stuck out a foot at one point to apprehend being a criminal, but no, Harry’s superpower are his words and conversation and understanding how to gain people’s confidence and how to push buttons. That’s his thing. The girls, the female police officers in the show, are very much the action heroes.

Suzanne:   You didn’t do a lot of fighting. You did some running. You rode a motorcycle.

Jamie:   I ride a motorcycle, but then also I have my motorcycle taken over and ridden far more aggressively than I would ride. So yeah, no, I enjoyed all that though. I’ve done a lot of action in my time, and it was nice to watch other people enjoy their action. I think Harry can probably handle himself, but that’s not the world he’s choosing to operate in at this particular point. He’s very – he’s got several different personas. This one is not a man of action; it’s a man of charm and taste. And he’s a [unintelligible], and he likes beautiful things. And he dresses well, and he’s not into running around and sweating too much.

Suzanne:   Well, thank you. I really appreciate your talking to me this morning. What time is it? Where you are?

Jamie:   It’s just about a quarter past three in the afternoon. Lovely time of the day. What about where you are?

Suzanne:   It’s a little after 9am.

Jamie:   Oh, morning coffee time.

Suzanne:   Yes, definitely. All right. Thank you. Good luck with it.

Jamie:   Thank you. I appreciate that.


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Starring Lucie Lucas, Jamie Bamber and Tamara Marthe, the Six-Part Series Recently Made its World Premiere at CANNESERIES Festival 


Get a jump start on summer and head to the south of France by checking out the full season of Acorn TV’s all-new international romantic crime drama, Cannes Confidential, available now on

Starring French TV-drama actor Lucie Lucas (ClemPorto and Gloria), Jamie Bamber (Strike BackMarcellaBattlestar Galactica), and singer/actor Tamara Marthe (Profilage), the six-part series will premiere on Monday, June 26 with two episodes on Acorn TV, AMC Networks’ acclaimed streamer devoted to British and international television. Two new episodes will premiere weekly every Monday through July 10. Cannes Confidential made its world premiere at the 6th annual CANNESERIES festival in Cannes, France, where the series was shot.

Created by Chris Murray (Midsomer MurdersAgatha Raisin), Cannes Confidential is a high-concept detective series centered on the bicker-banter relationship between no-nonsense detective Camille Delmasse (Lucas) and charming international conman Harry King (Bamber). Thrown together solving crimes on the French Riviera, Camille and Harry’s relationship lies at the heart of the show against a luxurious Cannes backdrop. Camille and Harry’s chemistry is complicated by Camille’s colleague and wing-woman, Léa Robert (Marthe), and a deal they make to free Camille’s ex-Chief of Police father from corruption charges.

The series is executive produced by Patrick Nebout (Midnight SunAgent Hamilton), Henrik Jansson-Schweizer (Thicker Than WaterMidnight Sun), Catherine Mackin and Bea Tammer of Acorn Media Enterprises (Acorn TV’s commissioning, co-producing, and development division), International Drama Development & Artistic Acquisitions Department of TF1, Lotta Dolk of Viaplay, and produced by Daniel J. Cottin at Isolani Pictures. Camille Delamarre (The TransportersAssassin Club, Netflix’s Into The Night) directed all six episodes.Harry and Camille - Cannes Confidential_Season 1, Episode 4 - Photo Credit: Frederic Pasquini/AcornTV

Acorn TV holds the exclusive distribution rights to the series in North America, New Zealand, Australia, and United Kingdom. Viaplay holds exclusive distribution rights in the Nordic region. Acorn Media Enterprises and Acorn Media International hold worldwide rights in all other territories.


Episode 1 – “Death of a Jester” – Premieres Monday, June 26 on Acorn TV

Cannes detective Camille Delmasse (Lucie Lucas) is trying to solve the murder of a young street artist known as the Jester. During the investigation with her trusted sidekick Lea Robert (Tamara Marthe), Camille keeps running into the charming, but equally shady art collector Harry King (Jamie Bamber). It appears the dead artist had many enemies. Meanwhile, Camille’s father, the respected former Chief of police Philippe Delmasse is about to be cleared from corruption charges. But there are secrets being unraveled: Harry isn’t really an art collector, and regarding Philippe, Camille’s world is about to be turned upside down. Does Harry know who is behind the framing of her father Philippe? Camille intends to find out.

Episode 2 – “Creatures of Habit” – Premieres Monday, June 26 on Acorn TV

Jamie Bamber as Harry King in "Cannes Confidential" on Acorn - Cannes Confidential_Season 1, Episode 4 - Photo Credit: Frederic Pasquini/AcornTVThe wife of Casino owner Maxine Beauregard is poisoned to death in front of his friends and assistant. Camille (Lucie Lucas) and Lea (Tamara Marthe) are called to the scene, and all suspicions point toward the blacklisted gambler Roxie Roland. The problem is, there is no proof. After their mutual deal, Camille teams up with Harry (Jamie Bamber), trying to solve the murder. As a conman, there is no one better suited than to take down another con woman. But as the evidence and the suspects pile up, it takes a high-stakes poker game to unravel the truth. With Camille’s father in prison, Harry keeps his end of the bargain and gives Camille the name of the man threatening her father. He is already in Cannes.

Episode 3 – “A Clear Conscience” – Premieres Monday, July 3 on Acorn TV

A monk is found murdered below the fort Royal on the St Marguerite Island outside Cannes. The infamous island that housed the Man with the iron mask. Who killed the monk and why? Camille (Lucie Lucas) and Harry (Jamie Bamber) cross paths once again, making Lea (Tamara Marthe) jealous. Harry’s old friend Father Placid was a mentor to the dead monk, and Camille and Lea have to track down the victim’s troubled past in order to find the answers. Harry is one step ahead but gets in over his head, having to rely on Camille’s help to stay alive. Meanwhile her father’s nemesis Julien Boire makes it even more personal by approaching Camille’s sister Margaux. His warning to Camille is clear — stop digging or else.

Episode 4 – “The Deadlier Species” – Premieres Monday, July 3 on Acorn TV

Boire tries to run Camille (Lucie Lucas) off the road, but she manages to visit her father Philippe in prison. Camille and Lea (Tamara Marthe) are ordered to babysit arms-dealer and billionaire Leo Duval at The Majestic. Duval has been facing death threats, and it is rumored that the legendary assassin Nightshade is hired to kill him. Problem is that the Nightshade hasn’t been seen for fifteen years. Harry (Jamie Bamber) acts as the guide and encyclopedia trying to stop the assassin, something that brings Camille and Harry closer. When the dead body of a former MI6 operative shows up, Camille realizes the Nightshade is still alive. The riddle gets even more complex as the night closes in. There are stronger motives than money.

Episode 5 – “Southern Gothic” – Premieres Monday, July 10 on Acorn TV

Pascal, the son of the famous conductor Francois Fontaine, is found hanged after a seance. The Fontaine family are supposedly cursed, due to the tragic fate of the victim’s mother Babette who died in a mental asylum. Everybody but Camille that is, she doesn’t believe in ghosts. Camille (Lucie Lucas), Lea (Tamara Marthe), and Harry (Jamie Bamber) join forces to catch the killer, and have to go through shady mediums, news archives and scorned lovers to find the truth. A true southern gothic story, where nothing is what it seems. During all this, Camille and Harry try to lure Boire into a trap, something that will have dire consequences. Especially for Lea. In the end, Camille also realizes why Harry is in Cannes.

Episode 6 – “Love and Let Die” – Premieres Monday, July 10 on Acorn TV

During the Cannes film festival, Camille (Lucie Lucas) and Lea (Tamara Marthe) are assigned a murder case of famous actress Celeste Badeau’s assistant Zina. Was the movie star the intended target? The prime suspect is the notorious paparazzi Miko Zajac blackmailing Celeste, but why? During the investigation Lea meets Zina’s girlfriend and Lea’s former lover Eloise, and Camille sees that it affects her. Meanwhile Harry’s (Jamie Bamber) daughter Emily has been threatened by Boire, and he decides to stop the thug once and for all. Harry breaks into Boire’s office and finds alarming evidence that will shock Camille. Her father Philippe is about to be released, and Harry has to walk a fine line trying to protect Camille from ending up in the line of fire.

About Acorn TV

AMC Networks’ Acorn TV is North America’s largest streaming service specializing in premium British and international television. Acorn TV adds exclusive programming every week to a deep library of revered mysteries, dramas, and comedies – all commercial-free. Acorn TV’s recent slate is comprised of critically acclaimed commissioned and original series including popular New Zealand detective series My Life Is Murder (Lucy Lawless), acclaimed Irish crime thriller Bloodlands (James Nesbitt, co-executive produced by Jed Mercurio), British crime drama Whitstable Pearl (Kerry Godliman), Emmy®-nominated Queens of Mystery, Kiwi romantic comedy Under the Vines and British detective drama Dalgliesh (Bertie Carvel), to name a few. Current and upcoming Acorn TV Original Series include UK detective drama Harry Wild (Jane Seymour), Signora Volpe (Emilia Fox), The Chelsea Detective (Adrian Scarborough), Darby and Joan (Bryan BrownGreta Scacchi) and many more. The above add to a growing catalog of popular bingeable dramas including Agatha Raisin (Ashley Jensen), A Place to Call Home, Jack Irish (Guy Pearce), Doc Martin (Martin Clunes), Deadwater Fell (David Tennant, Cush Jumbo), all 22 seasons of fan-favorite Midsomer Murders, highly-rated drama The Nest, and groundbreaking period drama A Suitable Boy, among others.

“glorious streaming service… an essential must-have” – The Hollywood Reporter

“Netflix for the Anglophile” – NPR

Acorn TV is available for $6.99/month or $69.99/year. Facebook: OfficialAcornTV – Twitter: @AcornTV – Instagram: @Acorn_tv

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Interview with Shila Ommi

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Shila Ommi, star of the Disney/Pixar film "Elemental"

Interview with Shila Ommi of the movie “Elemental” and “Tehran” on Apple TV+ by Suzanne 6/15/23

It was really fun to speak with Shila. The movie looks really good (and great for kids). I saw the trailer last week when I went to see “Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse.” Shila plays Cinder, the mom of the main character, Ember (Leah Lewis).


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CINDER LUMEN (Shila Ommiis Firetown’s resident matchmaker, utilizing her natural gift that allows her to smell true love in a Fire person’s smoke, whether they know it or not. She boasts numerous matches throughout her tenure—she’s proud of her track record—but this brusque, no-nonsense and traditional mom has yet to find a match for her daughter.  Elsewhere audiences can see Shila Ommi on the Apple TV+ espionage thriller, “Tehran.” Shila Ommi is one of the returning co-stars of Apple TV+, espionage thriller, “Tehran,” now streaming season two now on Apple TV+.  Ommi portrays the character of Nahid Kamali, the wife of Shaun Toub’s character Faraz Kamali (a skilled investigator with the Revolutionary Guards), and she also shared the screen with the iconic Glenn Close, and in season two. The heart pounding “Tehran,” which has earned the comparison in the media already of “24” meets “The Americans,” is must watch TV at it’s finest.

Shila Ommi is an American/ actress, born in Tehran, and has lived in Los Angeles since onslaught of the 1979 Iranian Revolution.  Her mother was a poet and her father a philanthropist, real estate mogul, and the founder and CEO of Iran’s largest construction company, Vima Co.  At an early age, Ommi witnessed the wrath of the Islamic regime. Ommi’s father was also on their hit list, but her family had the chance to flee the country, leaving behind their wealth and all their belongings to begin a new life in the United States.

Today, Shila Ommi is a prominent actress in the Iranian communities in diaspora.  For over a decade, she toured the globe as the lead actress and co-artistic director of Workshop 79, a theatre company spearheaded by acclaimed Iranian playwright/director/actor Houshang Touzie (“A Simple Wedding,” “Argo”). The founder of the LA based theater group, Turquoise Heart Productions,  Ommi uses theater art as a form of healing and activism, writes, directs, and acts in theatre pieces that share the Iranian experience with American audiences, and the exile experience with Iranians abroad. She is recently directed a play commissioned by the Los Angeles Department of Mental Health.

Ommi portrays the character Nahid, in the acclaimed espionage thriller, “Tehran,” with seasons 1 & 2 streaming now on Apple TV+ . She portrayed the character of Yasmin in the Apple TV+ anthology series “Little America” co-starring with Shaun Toub (who is also her screen husband in “Tehran”).  Ommi is also a voice-over artist and performs regularly in animated films and web series.  She is the voice of all the characters, male and female in a cartoon series called “NOPM: Special Forces” which was commissioned by the Boromand Foundation, a human rights organization focused on Iran’s human rights violations. She is narrating a video about deforestation, and a film about Iran… both coming out by the end of this year.



June 16, 2023


Disney and Pixar’s “Elemental” is an all-new, original feature film set in Element City, where fire-, water-, land- and air residents live together. The story introduces Ember, a tough, quick-witted and fiery young woman, whose friendship with a fun, sappy, go-with-the-flow guy named Wade challenges her beliefs about the world they live in.

  • Directed By

    Peter Sohn
  • Produced By

    Denise Ream


Leah Lewis, Mamoudou Athie

Rated PG

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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 Monday, 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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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: Voyager – The Complete Series

Review of Star Trek: Enterprise: The Complete Series [Blu-ray]

Review of Star Trek: The Animated Series [Blu-ray]

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]

Review of Star Trek: The Original Series – The Complete Series

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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)

Watch the Official Trailer HERE


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