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.”
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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.
How many times have you been told somebody’s met another person who looks just like you? What if you found out that person was, in fact, incredibly evil? It would be a little unnerving, right? And then, what if you came face to face with this “evil twin”? That’s the premise of Jordan Peele’s new movie, Us. Peele, who not only wrote and produced the movie, but directed it as well, told us the creepiness of the concept was too irresistible to ignore, and that’s why he made the film. (Click on the media bar below to hear Jordan Peele)
Saturday Night Live’sAidy Bryant stars in a new Hulu series called Shrill. Based on the book by Lindy West, the show is about a woman determined to take on the world and live her best life while embracing her admittedly large body type. It’s a struggle that Bryant, like so many others, have dealt with in real life, and she told us that growing up in a world where very few larger women were represented on TV really inspired her to do a series like this. (Click on the media bar below to hear Aidy Bryant)
Five Feet Apart is the touching story of lovers who literally can’t touch — as cystic fibrosis patients, they are supposed to stay away from other patients to prevent cross-infection. Haley Lu Richardson and Cole Sprouse play the star-crossed couple, and they learned a lot about the disease while working on the movie. As they did their research and met people who have the disease, the movie and its message became that much more poignant to them, and they hope audiences are able to feel that, too.
As American Idol goes through yet another set of auditions for its new season, the judges find themselves making some people’s dreams come true, while delivering disappointing news to many others. But that’s what being a judge is all about, says Lionel Richie. The one thing he doesn’t want to be, though, is a dream killer, so he says he approaches the task not necessarily as a judge, but as a parent and a coach. (Click on the media bar below to hear Lionel Richie)
If a show goes on long enough, eventually, the show’s stars like to try their hand at directing episodes. Supernatural has been going on for 14 seasons (with a 15th already ordered), which has given series star Jensen Ackles the opportunity to take the helm for five of its 300+ episodes. How does it change the vibe on the set when he’s the director? According to Ackles and co-star Jared Padalecki, it’s just business as usual. (Click on the media bar below to hear Jensen Ackles & Jared Padalecki)
Given the success of Captain Marvel, it’s a safe bet that Brie Larson will be tied up for the next several years making sequels to the film. If there’s ever time, though, Larson says there is another storied franchise she wouldn’t mind joining: Indiana Jones. And since Disney now owns both the Marvel and Indy franchises, she likes to think there’s a glimmer of hope that she could live out a life-long dream.
Captain Marvel is playing now in theaters everywhere.
Superstore has proven to be a super show for NBC, now in its fourth season and already renewed for a fifth. In today’s fractured and fragmented network TV landscape, that’s become quite an accomplishment, and it’s one the Superstore cast has worked very hard to achieve. That has included working the social media aspect of the show on a regular basis, including plenty of live Twitter sessions when the show airs. Series star America Ferrera says it’s a tradition that the cast enjoys, and they like getting the immediate feedback on what they’re doing. (Click on the media bar below to hear America Ferrera)