After playing a female version of Sherlock Holmes’s sidekick, Dr. Watson, on Elementary, Lucy Liu was hoping to grab another substantial role with her next series. Fortunately, an old friend — producer Marc Cherry — approached her with a role on his new show, Why Women Kill, that seemed tailor-made for her. When Cherry told her about it, she recalls, she realized she could definitely channel her inner murderer, especially if she was doing it for Cherry. (Click on the media bar below to hear Lucy Liu)
Why Women Kill is streaming now on CBS All Access.
If Good Boys sounds like a younger version of the movie Superbad, well, that’s by design. Both were produced by Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg, and when the two of them came across the Good Boys script, they knew the movie would be a perfect fit for the types of movies they’ve made in the past (including Superbad). (click on the media bar below to hear Seth Rogen & Evan Goldberg)
You don’t have to be a kid to appreciate The Lion King. The movie is full of messages that resonate with people of all ages and all stages of the Circle of Life. In the early ’90s, when the original film was being developed at Disney, the script really resonated with one particular middle-aged man: Elton John. He told us that when he was first approached to do the movie, he’d just gone through a time in his life where the Lion King story really spoke to him. (Click on the media bar below to hear Elton John)
You definitely won’t have any problem distinguishing Cobie Smulders’s role on the new series Stumptown from her career-defining role on How I Met Your Mother. Stumptown is most definitely a drama, with Smulders playing an army vet-turned-private investigator. She told us she wasn’t necessarily looking to go in such a different direction with her next role, but when she became aware of the character, she felt like she could live with it for a long time. (Click on the media bar below to hear Cobie Smulders)
Stumptown premieres Wednesday, September 25 on ABC.
Arrow will be returning to The CW for an abbreviated, 10-episode eighth and final season this fall. But you’re going to see a much different version of the show. After the seventh season, co-star Emily Bett Rickards left the show, taking Arrow’s wife, Felicity Smoak, with her. Stephen Amell, who stars as the title character, told us things really won’t be the same without her. (Click on the media bar below to hear Stephen Amell)
The final season of Arrow will premiere Tuesday, October 15 on The CW.
Phoebe Waller-Bridge has won plenty of fans — and plenty of critical acclaim — for Fleabag, the show she created, wrote, and stars in. The second season of the series has earned 11 Emmy Award nominations, including Outstanding Comedy Series, Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series, and five acting nominations (including one for Waller-Bridge herself). When asked about the appeal of the series, she told us that, ultimately, it comes down to the quirky title character and her imperfections. (Click on the media bar below to hear Phoebe Waller-Bridge)
Both seasons of Fleabag are currently streaming on Amazon Prime Video.