Dwayne Johnson’s athletic career, from his college football days to his WWE dominance, has been well documented. So it should come as no surprise that he’s developed an athletic competition for TV. Johnson is not only hosting, but producing The Titan Games, which will put its contestants through epic physical and mental challenges. Johnson told us that, so far, the response to the show has been amazing, and they’ve found a really incredible group of competitors. (Click on the media bar below to hear Dwayne Johnson)
How has Supernatural managed to stay on the air and satisfy its fan base for 14 seasons? Jared Padalecki says a lot of it has to do with the show’s writers, who have been able to keep the show focused on its mission without getting sidetracked by any contrived gimmicks. (Click on the media bar below to hear Jared Padalecki)
Mayim Bialik joined the cast of The Big Bang Theory for the Season 3 finale as a computer dating match for Sheldon Cooper (Jim Parsons). The algorithm must have been effective, since we know how things have worked out for Amy Farrah Fowler and Sheldon in the eight seasons since their meeting. When the relationship was first conceived by the show’s writers and producers, they knew they wanted somebody who could be Sheldon’s intellectual equal, and when we saw her at a press event, Bialik told us the fact that she’s a real-life PhD played a big role in helping her get the job. (Click on the media bar below to hear Mayim Bialik)
Some actors go from pilot to pilot, hoping that one of those TV shows will get a pickup and, if they’re lucky, last a full season. Then there’s Jesse Spencer. After arriving in America from his native Australia, the first pilot he landed was a quirky medical drama called House, which wound up running for eight seasons. Before he’d even filmed that show’s finale, he signed on for an NBC pilot, Chicago Fire. That show is now in its seventh season. As acting careers go, Spencer will be the first to admit he’s been very, very fortunate, and he’s extremely grateful for his good fortune. (Click on the media bar below to hear Jesse Spencer)
Chicago Fire airs Wednesday nights at 9/8c on NBC.
On Bones, David Boreanaz’s character was an FBI agent with a military past, though we got very few glimpses into his Army history during the show’s 12-year run. There’s no escaping his military duty on his current show, though: SEAL Team is all about his elite Navy squad’s lives and missions. The fact that the show is based on an existing real-life military unit is not lost on Boreanaz, who says he has a great deal of respect for the real Navy SEALS, and that has only grown since he started filming the series. (Click on the media bar below to hear David Boreanaz)
Through three different versions of the show, America has now known the Conner family for three decades. The Conners have made viewers feel right at home in their living room, and vice versa. Why has this family endured through so many years and so many changes? John Goodman told us it’s because of love — not just the love that’s written for the show’s characters, but the love that exists between everyone who works on the show. (Click on the media bar below to hear John Goodman)