The comedy sitcom Hot In Cleveland is a huge hit. The show has a great cast, including Valerie Bertinelli, Jane Leeves, Wendie Malick, and the always loveable Betty White. While Bertinelli, Leeves and Malick have starred on hit TV shows in the past, Hot In Cleveland stands out from the other series’ they have starred in because they get to work with comedic legend, Betty White, who they all admire. (Click on the media bar below to hear Valerie Bertinelli, Jane Leeves and Wendie Malick describe how much love they have for Betty White)
Hot In Cleveland airs Wednesday nights on TV Land.
Two-time Emmy winner Julie Bowen brings her voice to Lil’ Dipper in Walt Disney’s animated film Planes: Fire & Rescue, the follow-up to 2013’s Planes. Bowen’s resume includes successful runs on the TV series Ed and Boston Legal, but it’s her Emmy Award-winning work as Claire Dunphy on Modern Family that has garnered her the most accolades and attention. Even with her career at an all-time high, Bowen admits to getting a few jitters whenever she embarks on a new project.
When it came to making Planes: Fire & Rescue, Bowen explains that she found crafting her character’s voice intimidating at times, but working with director Roberts Gannaway made the process as painless as possible.
Planes: Fire & Rescue, which also features the voices of Dane Cook and Teri Hatcher, opens in theaters this Friday.
THE DIVIDE, co-created (with RICHARD LaGRAVENESE) and executive produced by SCANDAL star TONY GOLDWYN (who also directed the pilot), is a taut thought-provoking drama that follows a legal caseworker whose job is to negotiate and fight for the rights of those falsely accused by the criminal justice system. Inspired by GOLDWYN’S 2010 film CONVICTION (which focused on the work of the Innocence Project), the series will shine a light on the ripple effect misplaced justice can have on all involved.
At a press conference to introduce the show to members of the Television Critics Association, GOLDWYN talked about the importance of the subject matter behind THE DIVIDE. (CLICK ON THE MEDIA BAR FOR AUDIO)
THE DIVIDE debuts tonight on WEtv.
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Currently airing on USA, SUITS is in its fourth season and riding high as a network hit. This season, the critically acclaimed and award-nominated legal dramedy is working with a new dynamic that threatens to upset the bromance between brash, young Mike Ross and his scheming mentor Harvey Spector. Co-created by a team of scripted drama vets that includes AARON KORSH (THE DEEP END) and DOUG LIMAN (COVERT AFFAIRS), the beguiling cast includes PATRICK J. ADAMS, GABRIEL MACHT, GINA TORRES, RICK HOFFMAN, MEGHAN MARKLE and SARAH RAFFERTY.
Despite a twenty year history in acting, GABRIEL MACHT (son of movie/TV vet STEPHEN MACHT) was taken aback by the success of SUITS and, during a recent interview, admitted to us when he finally realized he was in a ‘hit.’
A new episode of SUITS airs tonight on USA.
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Adam Lambert is currently on tour as the lead singer for the classic rock band Queen. They have been playing to sold out audiences all over the world with Lambert receiving rave reviews from fans and critics. Before joining Queen on tour, Lambert found success as a solo artist and also had success in acting.
As many remember, Lambert was the runner up on the eighth season of American Idol and to this day, he is one of the most beloved contestants to have been on the show. Lambert is enjoying his much deserved success, and says that his experience on American Idol prepared him for it. (Click on the media bar below to hear Adam Lambert)
Though he’s best known for his skills as an actor, Jason Segel is also a well respected writer in Tinseltown, as he’s penned the scripts for The Five Year Engagement, The Muppets, Forgetting Sarah Marshall, and most recently Sex Tape. Segel, who recently finished his nine season run on How I Met Your Mother, also serves as a co-lead (with Cameron Diaz) and producer of Sex Tape, which opens in theaters this Friday.
His creative growth flourished at an early age, thanks to an important collaboration with one of Hollywood’s most skilled humorists. When it came to honing his comedic writing and acting skills, Segel credits Judd Apatow for steering him in the right direction. It was Apatow’s cult hit series Freaks and Geeks, which featured Segel as one of the show’s many talented actors, that serves as the foundation for Segel’s successful career. (Click on the media bar below to hear Jason Segel)
There’s great news for fans of iconic musical theater. The announcement was just made that CHRISTOPHER WALKEN has been cast as Capt. Hook in the NBC production of PETER PAN LIVE!
Following in the footsteps of the network’s hugely successful broadcast of THE SOUND OF MUSIC LIVE!, this new project will be produced by NEIL MERON and CRAIG ZADEN, who teamed with WALKEN in their big-screen adaptation of the Broadway musical HAIRSPRAY.
No stranger to musical theater, WALKEN started out on the stage as a child singer/dancer before moving on to the screen. He’s appeared in more than 100 combined feature films and television shows and won an Academy Award for his performance in the Oscar-winning best picture THE DEER HUNTER.
WALKEN’S love of dancing has never waned and when we spoke with him a few years ago, he talked about getting his start as a dancer. (CLICK ON THE MEDIA BAR FOR AUDIO)
PETER PAN LIVE! will air on NBC 12/6.
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Premiering tonight on the El Rey Network is MATADOR, a new scripted drama that manages to be both an irreverent and action-packed spy thriller that maps the successful rise of one Tony “Matador” Bravo (a professional soccer player for the LA Riot) who comes to be known as much for his antics off the field as his major game play on it. But it’s behind the soccer scenes that the real action takes place.What only a few people know is that Bravo is actually a skilled covert operative executing missions for the CIA.
Created for TV by ROBERTO ORCI, JAY BEATTIE and DAN DWORKIN, the cast includes GABRIEL LUNA, NEIL HOPKINS, TANC SADE, YVETTE MONREAL and ALFRED MOLINA.
While it’s an enjoyable show, the problem for many viewers is going to be finding it. The El Rey Network was created by filmmaker ROBERT RODRIGUEZ to appeal to the Latino audience and hasn’t yet been picked-up by all carriers.
Addressing reporters at a Television Critics Association press conference, RODRIGUEZ talked about creating the network and giving the green-light to MATADOR. (CLICK ON THE MEDIA BAR FOR AUDIO)
MATADOR premieres tonight on the El Rey Network.
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Over the course of That 70′s Show run on television, Mila Kunis won a devoted fan base. Now that she is starring in films, her fan base has even grown larger. Kunis told us that her biggest fans are her parents. Even if she hadn’t chosen acting as her profession, they would have supported her in anything she chose to do. (Click on the media bar to hear Mila Kunis)
Mila Kunis currently stars in the drama Third Person
Set to premiere on PBS in the Fall, THE ROOSEVELTS: AN INTIMATE HISTORY is a truly exciting 14-hour documentary by KEN BURNS. Over the course of seven nights, the series will weave the stories of Theodore, Eleanor and Franklin Roosevelt, three members of one of the most influential and powerful families in American politics. In addition to using rare photos and previously unseen film footage, readings from personal letters and writings will be performed by MERYL STREEP, PAUL GIAMATTI, EDWARD HERRMANN, PATRICIA CLARKSON, ADAM ARKIN, JOHN LITHGOW, BILLY BOB THORNTON and the late ELI WALLACH (to name just a few).
Written by longtime BURNS collaborator GEOFFREY C. WARD, this will be the first time the individual stories of the dynastic ROOSEVELTS have been woven into a single narrative.
In development for almost thirty years, THE ROOSEVELTS: AN INTIMATE HISTORY is a stunning achievement. Speaking to reporters at the Television Critics Association, BURNS talked about the genesis of the series. (CLICK ON THE MEDIA BAR FOR AUDIO)
KEN BURNS’ THE ROOSEVELTS: AN INTIMATE HISTORY premieres on PBS in September.
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