Steve Coogan On ‘Happyish': “The People Who Like It, Love It. The People Who Don’t, Don’t Understand It”
He starred in the 2010 film The Trip, its follow-up The Trip To Italy and the critically-acclaimed Philomena, but Steve Coogan has been blazing a comedic trail on British TV for many years. Now, Coogan is busting out on US TV with Showtime's Happyish, in which he plays disaffected advertising executive Thom Payne opposite Kathryn Hahn as his wife Lee. From first-time showrunner Shalom Auslander, and co-starring Bradley Whitford, Ellen Barkin and Carrie Preston, Happyish… Read
‘Jane The Virgin’ Emmy Campaign Employs Gina Rodriguez’s Own Words
Jane The Virgin star Gina Rodriguez’s emotional acceptance speech for best actress in a comedy series was among the highlights at the Golden Globes in January. Portions from the aspirational address as well as Rodriguez’s equally well-received comments at last summer’s TCA press tour about her mission as an actress looking to break Latino stereotypes have become a centerpiece of CBS TV Studios’ Emmy campaign for the hourlong CW series, which successfully petitioned to… Read
Christina Hendricks ‘Mad Men’ Exit Interview: Joan “Always Spoke The Truth”
As Joan Harris (née Holloway) Christina Hendricks became one of the most-loved characters on AMC's Mad Men. With her artfully-drawn portrait of a dynamic woman in a male-dominated workplace, Hendricks seemed made for the role, bringing depth and complexity to Joan's biting charm. Hendricks says, "Joan would say these very severe and harsh things to people around her, and I thought, 'oh, God, she's a terrifying woman,' but then I kept getting all this positive feedback… Read
Elisabeth Moss On Peggy’s Happy-Ever-After, ‘Truth’ And Broadway
In Mad Men we saw Elisabeth Moss' Peggy Olson working in a man's world and having it all in the finale, with both professional and personal success. As Moss says, "There was only one way to really surprise the audience, and that was to give her the most romantic scene in the episode and to give her the happy ending." Recently Moss took up the reins of retro feminism once again, this time on Broadway as Heidi Holland in The Heidi Chronicles. As she says, "I kind of liked… Read
Showrunner Jennie Snyder Urman On Almost Passing On ‘Jane The Virgin’, Pace, Title Change & How Will It End
Last May, the CW introduced a new dramedy from showrunner Jennie Snyder Urman: Jane the Virgin—an adaptation of the Venezuelan telenovela Juana la Virgen. It was a standout at the Upfronts and went on to become a critical darling and a Golden Globe winner for star Gina Rodriguez. Snyder Urman started her career on the ABC comedy Hope and Faith before stints on Gilmore Girls, Men in Trees, Lipstick Jungle and 90210. Jane the Virgin is her second series as creator; the… Read
Hank Azaria Interview On ‘Ray Donovan’s Singing Sociopath
As FBI director Ed Cochran on Showtime's Ray Donovan, Hank Azaria is a long way from his much-celebrated work on The Simpsons, Family Guy and the new Bordertown. Azaria has long been recognized for the brilliance of his voice work, but as Cochran in season 2 of Ray Donovan, he embodied an unlikeable sociopathic rogue who enjoyed some raunchy sex and even some singing. Azaria says of the role, "It was fun to not be hampered by human emotions like compassion and pity."
‘Mad Men’s January Jones On Remembering Betty: It’s “Like A Friend Has Passed Away”
With Mad Men over and Betty Draper's illness ensuring she's unlikely to appear in any potential spin-offs, January Jones is a free agent. Currently starring in Good Kill opposite Ethan Hawke, Jones is back in wifely territory again. The movie, directed by Andrew Niccol, explores the drone program and the impact of PTSD on a family. In saying goodbye to eight years of Mad Men, Jones is pleased with the way things wrapped up for Betty, as she says, "I loved the way Betty's… Read
Amy Landecker On ‘Transparent’ Season 2, Bruce Jenner And Changing The World
In 2014 Amy Landecker played a key role in a show that blew critics and audiences away – Transparent. After winning a 2015 Golden Globe for 'best television series,' Amazon's first original scripted drama will soon be back for its second season. Landecker is Sarah Pfefferman, the daughter of transgender Maura played by Jeffrey Tambor, (who also won a Globe for his performance). Landecker says the show, created by Jill Soloway, has been transformative both personally and… Read
‘Better Call Saul’ Emmy FYC Campaign Kicks Off Above L.A.
EXCLUSIVE: As fans of the show and Breaking Bad know, there always been a self-promoting connection between Saul Goodman and billboards. And now AMC's Better Call Saul is inaugurating its 2015 Emmy efforts with an interactive campaign on and above the streets of the City of Angels.
The first billboard went up this week outside the Andaz Hotel on Sunset in West Hollywood with more to follow next week. There also will be posters at Metro bus stops throughout Los Angeles… Read
‘Agent Carter’ Composer Christopher Lennertz On Crafting His Marvel-ous Spy Score
When it came to boarding ABC's Marvel limited series Agent Carter as composer, Christopher Lennertz already had the job before the cameras rolled. More specifically, he served as composer for the Marvel One-Shot: Agent Carter short that was included on the Avengers DVD. The short's director, Marvel copresident Louis D'Esposito, also helmed Agent Carter's first episode and served as the series executive producer.
What made Lennertz—a 2006 Emmy nominee for his Supernatural… Read
Kristin Davis Turns Producer For ‘Gardeners of Eden’ Documentary On Pivot TV
She may be known predominantly for her iconic role as Charlotte York in Sex and the City, but Kristin Davis is far from a Park Avenue princess. In 2013, with no filmmaking experience, she threw herself into Executive Producing her first documentary, Gardeners of Eden, highlighting the danger of imminent elephant extinction. Made in conjunction with The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, directed by Austin Peck and Annaliese Vandenberg and shown on Participant Media's… Read
‘Chicago Fire’ Stunt Coordinator Rick LeFevour Takes The Heat On Set
Stunt coordinator and former stuntman Rick LeFevour has a resume that speaks for itself. This is the man who drove the Ferrari in Ferris Bueller's Day Off, who stood in for Tom Cruise in Risky Business and Bill Murray in Groundhog Day. LeFevour worked his way up from rodeo cowboy to low-end stuntman to one of the preeminent stunt coordinators in the biz. And in addition to working on TV series such as Shameless and Sirens, LeFevour also is responsible for awe-inspiring… Read