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‘Obliterated’ Stars Talk Stunt Training and the “Meta” Chaos of Filming in Las Vegas

Netflix’s newest action comedy, Obliterated, from the Cobra Kai creating trio of Jon Hurwitz, Josh Heald and Hayden Schlossberg, co-stars Nick Zano, Shelley Hennig and Terrence Terrell as part of an elite special forces team who wake up with a massive hangover and are tasked with saving Las Vegas from a nuclear threat. In conversation […]

Kenya Barris Remembers Mentor Norman Lear: “He Made Other People See Me”

On Dec. 5, Hollywood lost an icon. At 101, Norman Lear passed away at his home in Los Angeles. Among the many hats he had worn — prolific TV creator, legendary boundary pusher, major philanthropist — was mentor to Kenya Barris. As so many of Lear’s shows did, Barris’ Black-ish used comedy to tackle big […]

‘Monarch: Legacy of Monsters’ Star Anna Sawai on That Midseason Revelation and Her Three Consecutive High-Profile Shows

[This story contains spoilers for Monarch: Legacy of Monsters’ fifth episode, “The Way Out.”] Monarch: Legacy of Monsters star Anna Sawai has top billing on Apple TV+’s MonsterVerse spinoff series that also includes Kurt and Wyatt Russell. Her starring role is bookended by lead roles on the streamer’s critically acclaimed drama series, Pachinko, and FX/Hulu’s […]

Seth Rogen on ‘Platonic’s’ Future: “It Looks like We’re Going to Do More”

Seth Rogen and Rose Byrne played a happily married couple to great success in the Neighbors films. But when the franchise’s director, Nicholas Stoller, approached them to star opposite each other in his and wife Francesca Delbanco’s Apple TV+ comedy Platonic, he was after a different dynamic. He was eager to trade on their chemistry […]

“My Second Father”: Rob Reiner Remembers Norman Lear

I was about 8 years old when I first met Norman Lear. My dad, Carl Reiner, was working on Sid Caesar’s Show of Shows and Norman was writing for Colgate Comedy Hour, so they were both in New York. In those days, it was a small world of people who trafficked in sketch comedy. Mel […]

David Mandel Recalls Norman Lear 2017 Emmys Moment

Norman Lear was my babysitter.   Every day, the school bus would drop us off, and in the two hours or so until my mother got home, I was “taken care of” by Good Times, The Jeffersons, One Day at a Time and Sanford and Son.   Later on, as I got more interested in […]

Tony Shalhoub Talks ‘Monk’ Revival in a Pandemic-Impacted World: “People See the World Now the Way Monk Does”

Adrian Monk is back with Mr. Monk’s Last Case: A Monk Movie. The TV movie, now streaming on Peacock, reunites the cast and creative team behind the former USA series Monk. And making the 90-minute revival felt like a homecoming for star Tony Shalhoub — who reprises his role as the crime-solving detective with obsessive-compulsive disorder […]

Kelsey Grammer on ‘Frasier’s Future: “I Believe We Have a Home at Paramount+ for Several Years to Come”

[This story contains spoilers from the season finale of Frasier, “Reindeer Games.”] As the credits roll on the season finale of the Frasier revival, Kelsey Grammer as Dr. Frasier Crane — the role he originated 39 years ago on Cheers — frustratedly conducts a string quartet of not-yet-classically trained child musicians through a rendition of […]

Why ‘Lessons in Chemistry’ Had to Be Lee Eisenberg’s First Solo Writing Project in 18-Year Writing Career

When Lee Eisenberg’s wife first read Bonnie Garmus’ novel Lessons in Chemistry, she immediately said, “This is a series.” “I started reading the book that night and just flipped for it,” recalls the showrunner, who developed the TV adaptation for the Apple TV+ series that stars Brie Larson in the lead role of chemist Elizabeth […]

Bertie Carvel on Playing Two Roles in ‘The Crown’ and His Tony Blair in Final Episodes

Queen Elizabeth has been played by numerous actors over the years — three in Netflix’s The Crown alone. But tracking not far behind when it comes to onscreen depictions of major British figures is former prime minister Tony Blair. Among the names to have stepped into the shiny brogues of the divisive politician are the likes […]

‘Fargo’ Star David Rysdahl Reveals Original Film Easter Eggs and Teases ‘Alien’ Series

[This story contains spoilers from Fargo season five, episode four, “Insolubilia.”] For the last five years, Fargo star David Rysdahl has been quietly turning in a number of quality performances, and now the audience and industry alike are catching on. Beginning with Dead Pigs, Cathy Yan’s feature directorial debut premiered at 2018’s Sundance Film Festival […]

‘Winning Time’ Director Salli Richardson-Whitfield on Recreating Showdowns Between Two Basketball Rivals

Episode six of Winning Time: The Rise of the Lakers Dynasty’s second season sees the Los Angeles team and its bitter rival, the Boston Celtics, on a course to meet in the 1984 NBA Finals. In the script, this translated to a mere sentence: “It said something like, ‘The two teams colliding on each other […]

“Stories Change People’s Minds”: Hulu’s ‘We Live Here: The Midwest’ Spotlights LGBTQ+ Families

The filmmakers behind Hulu’s documentary We Live Here: The Midwest didn’t want to make a “preachy” film, as director and producer Melinda Maerker puts it. Instead, in letting five LGBTQ+ families relate the challenges and victories of their lives, Maerker and fellow producer David Clayton Miller wanted to let the film’s subjects be the primary […]

‘The Other Black Girl’ Showrunners on Connecting to Theme of Corporate America: “We’ve Felt That Experience of Having to Sacrifice a Piece of Yourself to Succeed”

When Jordan Reddout and Gus Hickey heard that Hulu was developing an adaptation of The Other Black Girl, they knew they wanted in. “We called our agents and said, ‘Do whatever you have to do to get us a meeting,’ ” says Reddout, who had already read (nay, “devoured”) the best-selling novel about a book publishing […]

Wanda Sykes on Political Humor: “I’ve Established an Audience Who Expect Me to Say Something”

When Wanda Sykes first toured the school that her now-14-year-old twins attend, not only were she and her wife, Alex, won over by how LGBTQ-inclusive it is, but the comedian imagined how things would have been different if she had grown up with such acceptance. “I could’ve saved myself a lot of unnecessary dick in […]

‘Virgin River’ Boss on Balancing Romance With “Twisty and High Stakes” and Season 6 Plans

[This story contains major spoilers from season five, parts one and two, of Virgin River.] Virgin River showrunner Patrick Sean Smith wanted the newly released holiday episodes of the Netflix series to feel lighter, given the weight of season five. Following the part one release of 10 intense and emotional episodes (on Sept. 7) — which […]