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HAWAII FIVE-0 Begins Production on Season 7 with Traditional Blessing


Hawaii Five-0 began production for Season 7 with a traditional Hawaiian blessing.  Kahu Kordell Kekoa presided over the ceremony and began by citing the significance of the number “7” in the Bible.   He brought tea leaves to symbolize healing, nourishment, and safety in the new season. Present at the bright and early 6:15 call time were Executive Producer Peter Lenkov and actors Dennis Chun, Teilor Grubbs, Daniel Dae Kim, Chi McBride, Alex O’Loughlin, and Grace Park.  Hawaii News Now

Talking DEAD OF SUMMER, bizarre screenplays, and James Franco with Amber Coney


Amber Coney currently stars as Cricket Diaz, a counselor at the incredibly creepy Camp Stillwater, on Freeform’s DEAD OF SUMMER, the late 80s horror show that premiered at the end of June.  Tonight’s third episode is a big one for Cricket, so I got on the phone with Amber to talk about why this show stood out to her, what she hopes to see for Cricket, and where the show goes next.  Oh and of course we made time to

Jodi Lynn Thomas previews PREACHER and the cause she’s championing


Jodi Lynn Thomas recurs as Pearl on AMC’s recently-renewed Sunday night hit PREACHER and we spoke a bit about the show, and the causes that she finds herself championing.  Have a read through! What a show!  I love it.  It’s so brave. Brave is a good way to put it. It’s not afraid to do what it wants to do.  You have a character named Arseface! Right [laughs]. That show wouldn’t work if it wasn’t brave.  It’s like nothing else

Comic Con 2016: Warner Brothers announces their 21 (21!!) show panels


News has been slowly trickling out about what shows will be at Comic Con this year, and the biggest announcement so far has been the 21 shows that Warner Brothers is bringing along!  They are basically taking a rest on Saturday!  Check out the details!! WEDNESDAY, JULY 20 6:00–10:00 p.m. Comic-Con and Warner Bros. Television proudly continue our annual Preview Night tradition, with exclusive world premiere screenings of the pilot episodes of five of the most highly anticipated series of

My Take On…ROADIES on Showtime


In my years as a member of the reviewing press, I’ve come across many a situation where I’m convinced that people are receiving different screeners than I am. They’ll love a series when I absolutely don’t get it. They’ll hate a series that I fall for immediately. Such is the case with Showtime’s ROADIES, premiering tonight at 10/9c (though the pilot is available for early viewing), a show that I’ve been hearing “falls flat” but for which I fell into a

Ian Anthony Dale talks MURDER IN THE FIRST and HAWAII FIVE-0


On the brink of the third season premiere of Murder in the First, (which airs June 26 at 10 P.M. on TNT), I had the honor to speak with Ian Anthony Dale about his role as Jim Koto on the series as well as his recurring role of Adam Noshimuri on Hawaii Five-0. First of all, thank you so much for taking the time to speak with me.  I really appreciate it.  I had the privilege to interview you in

Woman with an Unbreakable Plan: Rachele Brooke Smith talks inspiration, CENTER STAGE, and positive thinking


Today, MToT is sharing a long read – a conversation that we had with Rachele Brooke Smith (star of CENTER STAGE: TURN IT UP) who returns as Kate Parker in Lifetime’s new sequel CENTER STAGE: ON POINTE. On a late afternoon that found my phone almost blowing up right in the middle of the call, Rachele and I spent time chatting about coming back to this world she first discovered at 13, what it means to her, and the inspiring

Video: AMERICAN GOTHIC creator Corinne Brinkerhoff previews the series


CBS held a Summer press day with the cast and creatives of their Summer shows, and we had the great chance to participate in a round table discussion with AMERICAN GOTHIC creator Corinne Brinkerhoff – she gave us great insight into the makeup of her writers’ room, how the show will unfurl over 13 episodes, where the title came from, and more. Check it out above and be sure to catch the AMERICAN GOTHIC series premiere at 10/9c on CBS!

Video: Juliet Rylance previews AMERICAN GOTHIC on CBS


While spending time with the cast and creative teams of some of CBS’ Summer shows earlier this month, we had a chance to sit at a round table interview with Juliet Rylance, who plays the golden child of the Hawthorne clan (thusly dubbed once Garrett left town mysteriously years ago), Alison Hawthorne-Price, the politician looking to run for Mayor of Boston. We asked her about working with this cast, what to expect out of the show, and how creepy Cam’s



Tonight on CBS, the 13-part murder mystery series AMERICAN GOTHIC premieres with a surprisingly funny but very tense episode that follows the wealthy Hawthorne family as they are forced to confront sins of the past in an effort to keep those sins from derailing their future. Virginia Madsen is perfectly cast as the icy and reserved family matriarch, Madeline, who welcomes her brood home to the absurdly large family estate, in an effort to rally around golden child Alison (Hawthorne-Price,