Now that he’s in his third season playing agent Nick Torres on NCIS, Wilmer Valderrama has gotten past the stage where he’s trying to figure out who his character is. He’s still driven to find the character’s motivations, though, and he told us a lot of that comes from the show’s real-life counterparts in the American military, whose job is much more difficult than his is. (Click on the media bar below to hear Wilmer Valderrama)
It’s a good thing This Is Us tells its stories out of order — otherwise, Milo Ventimiglia would be out of a job. Fortunately, the show’s non-linear storyline allows for plenty of flashbacks and exposition, so we’ll still see plenty of Jack Pearson this season. In fact, Ventimiglia told us we’ll delve even further into Jack and Rebecca’s love story in the new episodes. (Click on the media bar below to hear Milo Ventimiglia)
As The Big Bang Theory begins its 12th — and final — season tonight, our thoughts drift back to the very beginnings of the show. Before the girlfriends, before the weddings, wives, and children, there were two nerdy roommates with a beautiful new neighbor. So much of the show’s initial success depended on that relationship between Sheldon Cooper and Leonard Hofstadter, so it was important that the characters were cast well. Jim Parsons and Johnny Galecki were the first two actors signed for the show, and they reminisced with other cast members about the way they first met and developed that perfect chemistry. (Click on the media bar below to hear Johnny Galecki & Jim Parsons)
The Big Bang Theory begins its farewell season tonight at 8/7c on CBS, before moving back to its normal time slot, Thursdays at 8/7c.
Having been a judge on the show since its very first season, Adam Levine has literally heard (and sometimes seen) hundreds — if not thousands — of hopeful singers on The Voice’s stage. With the show now going into its 15th cycle, Levine is incredibly impressed by the performers he’s heard so far, and he’s a bit amazed that the talent can still be so strong, so many years into the show’s run. (Click on the media bar below to hear Adam Levine)
The new season of The Voice premieres tonight, airing Mondays & Tuesdays at 8/7c on NBC.
When The Good Doctor premiered last season, we saw a brilliant young doctor who, thanks to his place on the autism spectrum, had great difficulty interacting with both his co-workers and his patients. Freddie Highmore, who plays Dr. Shaun Murphy, told us the growth you saw in his character throughout the first season was no fluke, and that you’ll continue to see him making progress in the new season. (Click on the media bar below to hear Freddie Highmore)
The Good Doctor airs Monday nights at 10/9c on ABC.
Procedurals tend to be the longest-running shows on television, but if you’d told Mariska Hargitay back in 1999 that her new show, Law & Order: SVU, would still be on 20 seasons later, she probably would have laughed at you. After all, at the time, only one TV drama (Gunsmoke) had ever crossed the 20-year threshold, so who could blame her for being incredulous? Yet here we are, at the start of the 2018-2019 television season, and SVU is about to begin its record-tying 20th year. (One of the shows it’s tying, along with Gunsmoke, is the show SVU was spun off from, Law & Order.) She may not be laughing now, but Hargitay still finds it amazing and unbelievable that her show’s still going strong after all these years. (Click on the media bar below to hear Mariska Hargitay)
The 20th season of Law & Order: SVU premieres Thursday night at 9/8c on NBC.