The Showrunner Chronicles: Jennie Snyder Urman Talks JANE THE VIRGIN, Previews Tonight’s “Chapter Eight”

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JANE THE VIRGIN follows the story of Jane Villanueva, (Gina Rodriguez) a strong yet vulnerable, twenty three year old virgin who is accidentally artificially inseminated, though it might be hard to believe, the craziness doesn’t stop there.  Add in a telenovela star, religious grandmother, aspiring singer, cheating wife, the most innocent detective you’ll ever meet, another cheating wife, and a playboy turned good-guy and you’ve got the most delightful show on television.
 
From the Pilot it was evident how charming and truly magical this show was going to be.  Since it’s premiere it’s evolved into a transcendent masterpiece that’s constantly growing, all while staying true to its original tone.  JANE THE VIRGIN is a tremendous leap in the right direction for The CW and is a show the network should be especially proud of. 
 
Trying to find a few words to describe Jane would be like Petra (Yael Grobglas) not doing anything illegal or inappropriate, it’s nearly impossible.  Jane is innocent and naïve while at the same time is making life-altering decisions.  She is by no means one sided.  Jane is a character that was missing from primetime television for quite sometime and was desperately needed to bridge the gap between a handful of different genres of television.   Rodriguez shines as the shows protagonist, her performance is strong and something that hasn’t gone unnoticed.  
 
While Jane is the shows most powerful force that doesn’t discount from the fact that each member of Jane’s family could have their own spinoff, and every one of them would be successful.  I would watch a whole show on Xiomara (Andrea Navedo) trying to pursue her singing career all while trying not to let herself fall for Jane’s father, Rogelio. (Jaime Camil)  I would most definitely tune in every week to watch her grandmother (Ivonne Coll) go through her daily routine while meddling into everyone’s business.   And I would without a doubt watch a show set around Rogelio’s career as a telenovela star.   Not to forget the two extremely memorable men in Jane’s life, Michael (Brett Dier) and Rafael (Justin Baldoni).  We’ve witnessed suspenseful love triangles before on television but not to the extreme where we ourselves don’t even know who we like more.  Each week we fall more in love with Rafael, trying to justify his “bad boy” behavior and troubling past to make himself worthy of Jane’s love.  But while we’re fighting for Rafael a part of us still adores Michael and his boyish charm, and how he will do just about anything for Jane, even if it means losing her in the process.    Each character has their own strengths and weaknesses; the personalities are so powerful it’s hard to compare them to any other cast.
 
This wonderful little show somehow manages to encompass all that is right and beautiful about TV.  It feels like old television in the sense that it’s a show family’s gather around their TV’s to watch week after week.  Though while it has a homey and cozy feel to it, it still feels incredibly fresh and intoxicating.  The woman responsible for all of these deliciously juicy scenes, hilarious performances, and perfectly written monologues is the shows phenomenal creator and showrunner, Jennie Snyder Urman.  The sensational producer has been producing brilliant and enjoyable content for many years now; it was no surprise at all that she would wow us with JANE.  Urman’s shows tend to always have one steady trait; her characters are remarkable and relatable, complex people.  On EMILY OWENS M.D. we met Emily, an innocent, timid, and immensely bright young doctor.  We instantly fell for her, from her soft-spoken manner to her self-conscious sweating; we were immediately drawn to this enormously relatable human being.  Another attribute all of her shows have is an ample amount of heart. Whether it’s delivered by the characters or the plot line, there is no absence of meaning and compassion. 
 
I had the privilege of speaking with the passionate producer about finding the perfect Jane, which scenes she is most excited for the fans to see, and what we can look forward to in “Chapter Eight.” [Read more…]

LOST GIRL Season 5: Anna Silk Reflects on a Remarkable Run, Previews Tonight’s Premiere

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Tonight marks the beginning of the end of LOST GIRL. Premering four seasons ago, this Canadian, nay, international success story helped define its network (Showcase) as the place to go for butt-kicking protagonists and genre television (RIP CONTINUUM). In anticipation of tonight’s fifth season premiere (9PM, Showcase), the TV Addict was afforded the opportunity to talk one-on-one with titular star Anna Silk. See what she had to say about her amazing journey, what’s in store for Bo and what momento she kept as a memento, after the jump. [Read more…]

Scoop: Reggie Lee Previews Tonight’s Fourth Season Premiere of GRIMM

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NBC’s thrilling fantasy drama GRIMM returns tonight and we pick up right where we left off last season. We will see what happens when Nick loses his grimm powers and what will happen at the not so joyous wedding. I caught up with GRIMM’s Sgt. Wu, Reggie Lee to talk about what he’s excited for the fans to see this season, the most surprising storyline, and what we can look forward to on tonight’s premiere. [Read more…]

Scoop: Karla Souza Previews Tonight’s Thrilling Installment of HOW TO GET AWAY WITH MURDER

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It’s always the quiet ones! In the Pilot of ABC’s most riveting new drama HOW TO GET AWAY WITH MURDER we met Laurel Castillo, played fabulously by the astonishingly talented Karla Souza. Castillo is extremely timid but proves her knowledge in the standout scene where Professor Keating (Viola Davis) is interrogating new (and terrified) student Wes. (Alfred Enoch)

Things are starting to take off now that Annalise has seen what’s on Lila’s (Megan West) phone, especially since she is now representing Rebecca. (Katie Findlay) We’ve gotten to see some of Connor’s (Jack Falahee) backsotry last week and a look into what kind of person he really is. A couple weeks earlier we saw into Michaela’s (Aja Naomi King) life as well, tonight it’s Laurel’s turn.

The withdrawn character has slowly become the law student to beat and has earned the respect of Annalise. Week after week we’ve seen her measure up to the challenge and prove her worth to the team. The wide-eyed law student plays a huge role in tonight’s episode! I caught up with the MURDER actress about her character, the scene she’s most excited for the fans to see, and what we can look forward to on tonight’s episode. [Read more…]

THE 100 Scoop: The Cast and Creative Team Tease the Fates of the Hundred in Season 2

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After leaving fans clutching their hearts at the end of the Season 1 finale over the presumed deaths of Bellamy (Bob Morley) and Finn (Thomas McDonell), and perhaps the eminent death of Chancellor Jaha (Isaiah Washington), who sacrificed himself to save the remaining population of the Ark, it was only too fortuitous to run into two of the executive producers of THE 100 at the CBS summer TCA party and attempt to get some long-awaited answers.

In an exclusive interview, executive producers Bruce Miller and Jason Rothenberg talked about where Season 2 shall pick-up for the hundred and what may have become of those last seen in dire straights in Season 1. [Read more…]

FINDING CARTER Scoop: Kathryn Prescott Talks Whether Carter Is Ready for Romantic Love and A Ready-Made Family

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A TV show about child abduction is not expected to one of the most heart-felt and charming shows on television. But under the helm of Emily Silver (“Bones”), FINDING CARTER takes a difficult subject and finds a way to introduce a fractured family who is reunited with a young teen girl who had been abducted 13 years before. The twist is that the teen girl, Carter Stevens (Kathryn Prescott), did not know she was an abducted child and grew up thinking of the woman who took her as her mom and all she wants now is to be reunited with the one person she knows and loves — and not stuck with a family she does not remember. FINDING CARTER has achieved a very rare feat by managing to humanize everyone involved and remind us that there are two sides to a story.

In an exclusive interview, star Kathryn Prescott talked about her amazing role as Carter and the challenges that comes with portraying a young woman whose life has been blown apart and how she struggles to figure out where she fits in this new life that is sprung upon her. [Read more…]

Red Carpet Redux: The Cast of THE BRIDGE Teases Season 2

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FX’s tense drama THE BRIDGE returns for its second season with the continuing saga of Detectives Sonya Cross (Diane Kruger) and Marco Ruiz (Demian Bichir) as they seek to stop the killing of young woman in Juarez, Mexico, whether it be by one man “El Diablo” or a coordinated culture of police corruption and depravity amongst a select few who view these girls as disposable commodities. Also left unresolved from the first season is whether Marco will actually go forward on his vendetta against the man who killed his son.

Simultaneously, there is the fates of Charlotte Millwright (Annabeth Gish) and her faithful farm hand Cesar (Alejandro Patino), who inherited a tunnel between the U.S. and Mexico, which Fausto Galvin (Ramon Franco), the Mexican drug cartel leader, considers his business investment and property for his exclusive use in smuggling drugs over the border. But there may be a bit of a tug of war for that business opportunity with the appearance of Monte P. Flagman (Lyle Lovett) who may have his own designs on the tunnel and the drug enterprise.

Also pursuing life on the sidelines and looking for an angle to exploit to further their careers are Daniel Frye (Matthew Lillard) and Adrianna Mendez (Emily Rios), who are certain that there is a much bigger story to be uncovered with the disappearing girls of Juarez.

With so many lives unknowingly intertwined, yet all following the same threads to perhaps the same end point, things are about to get a lot more heated and intense and dangerous for everyone.

During a special premiere, the cast of THE BRIDGE took a few minutes to preview where their varied characters’ stories pick back up as well as introducing a few new characters who join the fight against drug trafficking and human slavery in both El Paso and Juarez, Mexico. [Read more…]

EXTANT Scoop: Creator Mickey Fisher and Showrunner Greg Walker Talk the Mysteries of Their New Halle Berry Sci-Fi Starrer

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CBS Television has jumped into the sci-fi genre pool with another big splash. This summer CBS is debuting its new sci-fi series EXTANT starring Halle Berry. It starts off as a tale of a female astronaut returning from a 13-month solo mission in space and finding out she is pregnant. Just how is that possible? In addition, she is returning to her husband and son, though she has a hard time acclimating back into her family, especially with the unexpected news of an impossible pregnancy. To add a bit more a twist on the sci-fi angle, her son is a humanic — or rather a robot android that simulates human interaction.

EXTANT looks to explore what it means to be human, what else may be out there in the universe and whether entities alien or android can understand truly the human condition and forge genuine bonds and love.

In a recent press conference call creator and executive producer Mike Fisher and show runner and executive producer Greg Walker talked about the genesis of the show, what themes it seeks to explore and if there is life beyond this season. [Read more…]

HEMLOCK GROVE Scoop: Madeline Brewer Talks Her New Character Miranda and the Trouble She Brings to Season 2

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A newcomer to HEMLOCK GROVE, Madeline Brewer portrays Miranda Cates, a girl just passing through that gets inexplicably involved in the deepest mysteries hovering over the town. One would think that Miranda would just be an innocent bystander that gets in over her head, but as the series goes on, everyone will start to see that perhaps Miranda is someone who has brought a little bit of trouble with her. So do not let her carefully constructed facade fool you. She has a much bigger part to play than any of them expected.

In a press interview from the set, Madeline Brewer talked about who Miranda is, what role she has to play and just what is up with all those amazing tattoos all across her body. [Read more…]

THE LAST SHIP Scoop: Eric Dane, Rhona Mitra, Adam Baldwin, Travis Van Winkle and Marissa Neitling Preview Their Pulse-Pounding New TNT Series

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Imagine you were on the last ship on Earth and you might have found the cure to the disease that has infected nearly everyone on the planet. What would you do? This is the impossible situation the crew of THE LAST SHIP find themselves faced with. What had started as a 4-month routine testing assignment, turns out to be humanity’s last chance to survive.

During a special press set visit, stars Eric Dane, Rhona Mitra, Adam Baldwin, Travis Van Winkle, Marissa Neitling, along with executive producers Steven Kane and Hank Steinberg talked about what stories THE LAST SHIP shall explore in its octane-fueled first season. [Read more…]