Neil Patrick Harris got his first big break playing a medical child prodigy on Doogie Howser, M.D., so it seems perfectly appropriate that he’d be hosting Genius Junior, a quiz show featuring contestants who are all 12 years or under. Harris explained to us why he was so excited to be working on a project like this. (Click on the media bar below to hear Neil Patrick Harris)
Genius Junior premieres Sunday night at 8/7c on NBC.
For The People may be a courtroom show, but since it’s produced by Shonda Rhimes, you can expect it to play out like a soap opera, too. One of its stars, Britt Robertson, says the show strikes a great balance between its characters’ professional and personal lives. (Click on the media bar below to hear Britt Robertson)
For the People airs Tuesday nights at 10/9c on ABC.
The new movie Ready Player One is based on the novel of the same name, by Ernest Cline. Interestingly, a lot of Steven Spielberg’s ’80s projects were referenced in the book. So when Spielberg himself became the film’s director, he had some tough choices to make — does he leave the references in, at the risk of appearing self-serving? Does he take them out? Or does he defer to another director? Ultimately, Spielberg said he did what he thought was best for the movie, though bowing out was not an option because he was so excited to make the movie. (Click on the media bar below to hear Steven Spielberg)
Spielberg’s Ready Player One opens in theaters on March 29.
Danielle Panabaker’s been pulling double duty lately on The Flash, playing both scientist Caitlin Snow and her alter ego Killer Frost. While there’s the obvious dichotomy of playing both good and evil, which is a lot of fun for Panabaker, she says it’s the subtle differences that wing up being the most fun. (Click on the media bar below to hear Danielle Panabaker)
For viewers of American Idol, the ABC reboot may feel like just another season, but with new faces. For those new faces, though, the experience is all new. Lionel Richie, who is on the judges’ panel alongside Katy Perry and Luke Bryan, told us that he’s been very excited to join the show, and he thinks that enthusiasm will be contagious for the show’s viewers. (Click on the media bar below to hear Lionel Richie)
American Idol airs Sunday and Monday nights at 8/7c on ABC.
Most of the actors in Pacific Rim: Uprising didn’t appear in the original 2013 movie, so that gave the filmmakers a little extra flexibility in crafting the story. Scott Eastwood, one of the film’s new faces, says that, for one, they were able to play with its timeline a little bit. Although the sequel is appearing five years after the original, the story is set 10 years later, and Eastwood said that opened up a lot of new possibilities.
Pacific Rim Uprising opens in theaters on March 23.