Superheroes are everywhere these days — they’re doing big business at the box office, and they’re all over the television. Candice Patton has been a big beneficiary of the trend, since she stars on The Flash, which is now in the middle of its fifth season and has already been renewed for a sixth. Why does Patton think the genre is so popular? She told us she thinks they represent the kind of hope we all have for humanity in a crazy world. (Click on the media bar below to hear Candice Patton)
Milo Ventimiglia has saidhe’s landed the role of a lifetime by playing Jack Pearson on This Is Us. But is it? Right now, it may be. But Ventimiglia says he has no idea about what may come further down the line in his career. All he knows is that, just as his earlier roles prepared him for Jack, he feels like everything he’s doing now will lead to amazing new parts in the coming decades.
John Legend is new to The Voice as a coach this season. However, as a fan of the show, he’s well aware of the talent it’s offered up in the past. And what he’s seeing before his very eyes on Season 16, he told us, is beyond anything he’s seen while watching the show before. (Click on the media bar below to hear John Legend)
As a participant in what has often been referred to as the “trial of the century,” Marcia Clark knows first-hand exactly how much drama can come out of a courtroom. She’s taken that knowledge and used it to create The Fix, a new television legal drama. Clark told us, though, that the drama inside the courtroom is only part of the story, and that she designed the show to reflect the whole package — the drama that takes place both inside and outside the courtroom. (Click on the media bar below to hear Marcia Clark)
Natalie Morales toplines the freshman series Abby’s, playing a Marine vet who opens up a bar in her own backyard. The cast includes Neil Flynn (The Middle), Jessica Chaffin (Big Mouth), Leonard Ouzts (Set It Up) and Rosie (Kimia Behphoornia).
Abby’s has also drawn a ton of comparisons to an iconic NBC series that centered around a bar.
“We’ll take any comparison to Cheers,” said Morales. “Obviously, that is the best show ever. I will gladly take any comparisons to Ted Danson. Yes, (Abby’s) is set in a bar and there’s a great group of people that you get to know. But other than that, the bar is outdoors. It’s in San Diego and it’s a little different than Boston.”
Click on the media bar to hear Morales talk about her own experiences at bartending.
The season premiere of Abby’s is set for March 28 (NBC, 9:30 pm et/pt).
From its very start, Billions has given us a fascinating look into the lives of people who play high-stakes games with real money on the line. As we’ve seen, it creates the possibility of being a big winner, but also of being a big loser if things go awry. That’s why, as we’ve seen in the character of Bobby Axelrod, a lot of these players come very, very close to crossing the line in trying to get an edge in the game. (And yes, sometimes they cross the line, which is what keeps the Chuck Rhoades character busy.) Damian Lewis, who plays hedge fund manager Bobby Axelrod, tells us that the show’s characters are incredibly interesting, because they embody so many good traits, but also some major flaws. Striking that balance between nice and nasty has been a big challenge for him, and something that makes the characters (and the show) so compelling. (Click on the media bar below to hear Damian Lewis)
The season premiere of Billions airs Sunday night at 9/8c on Showtime.