Philadelphia is a proud city with grand traditions. History buffs will, of course, tell you that it was the first capital of the United States. Now, the city that was once home to Benjamin Franklin, John Hancock, and Thomas Jefferson is the television home of the Reynolds family, Mac, and Charlie. What can It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia add to the city’s illustrious reputation? Rob McElhenney and Danny Devito think Sunny — even though it’s more cracked than the Liberty Bell — manages to show the city in a good light. (Click on the media bar below to hear Rob McElhenney & Danny Devito)
It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia airs Wednesdays at 10/9c on FXX.
In her new series Stumptown, Cobie Smulders plays a character named Dex Parios, a former Marine who now has a career as a private investigator. It’s not easy — Dex has had a hard time keeping her head in the game since her time in Afghanistan left her with a serious case of PTSD. And that’s one of the things Smulders loves most about the series: that Dex is a character who needs to work through some very serious, real-world problems. (Click on the media bar below to hear Cobie Smulders)
The CW has built a large chunk of its schedule around the Arrowverse, a television world that’s inhabited by most of the network’s DC Comics shows. The connection is so strong that characters often flit around the Arrowverse in cameos and in multi-episode crossover events. But now, the Arrowverse is losing its anchor — the show that started it all, Arrow, is currently in its final season. Of course, The Flash, Legends of Tomorrow, and Supergirl are still going strong. Without Arrow, though, will the Arrowverse cease to exist? We spoke to Arrow star Stephen Amell, and he puts the odds at pretty close to 0%. (Click on the media bar below to hear Stephen Amell)
As This Is Us continues into its fourth season, it’s become perfectly clear that it’s no ordinary TV show. The way it has fearlessly tackled all kinds of issues — the types of problems that would be enough to tear some families apart — has really elevated the show into something resembling a guide to life. Sterling K. Brown says he’s been hearing that a lot from fans, and it’s something that makes him very proud. (Click on the media bar below to hear Sterling K. Brown)
The Good Doctor continues to win over audiences in its third season. Viewers have been drawn to the way Dr. Shaun Murphy has grown and evolved through the show’s run. And while not everybody is going to be able to relate to Murphy’s struggle as an autistic doctor, Freddie Highmore says there’s a part of his character’s personality that he thinks everybody can relate to. (Click on the media bar to hear Freddie Highmore)
Sure, The Voice isn’t only a competition between performers — the four coaches take a great deal of pride in mentoring the show’s winners. But they all go about it in different ways, and really, who’s to say which way is best? After all, in the show’s first 16 seasons, there have been eight different winning coaches. Coaching for the fourth time, Gwen Stefani’s still looking for that first win. And while she doesn’t feel like she’s got a killer instinct when it comes to the competition, she thinks she offers something that may be even more valuable. (Click on the media bar below to hear Gwen Stefani)
The Voice airs Monday and Tuesday nights at 8/7c on NBC.