Fox Networks Group Chairman Peter Rice Talks More 24, Canceling HIEROGLYPH, Shortening GLEE’s Final Season Order, Tina Fey’s CABOT COLLEGE, and More

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While at the Fox portion of the TCA Press Tour, Fox Networks Group Chairman and CEO Peter Rice took some time to talk about new and returning programming.  During the interview, he spoke about the chances of 24 returning for another season, whether the upcoming Season 10 could be the last season for Bones, why they decided to go ahead with Mulaney, even though it wasn’t ready, the status of Tina Fey’s Cabot College, why they were drawn to Red Band Society, what happened with Hieroglyph, and why they chose to cut the episode number for Glee.  Check out what he had to say after the jump.

Tom Ellis Talks RUSH, Joining the Show, Collaborating with Jonathan Levine, Playing an Often Unlikeable Character & Developing His Character’s Relationships

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The new USA Network drama series Rush is about renegade physician Dr. William P. Rush (Tom Ellis), a “medical fixer” who privately caters to the elite of Los Angeles for large sums of money.  Rush’s unorthodox business is thriving with the help of his savvy assistant Eve (Sarah Habel), but his self-destructive personal behavior puts him at odds with most of the people in his life, including his best friend, Dr. Alex Burke (Larenz Tate).

During this exclusive phone interview with Collider, actor Tom Ellis talked about how he came to this show, what drew him to this particular project and character, how much he enjoyed collaborating with writer/director Jonathan Levine, trying to find the truth in a sometimes unlikeable character, where Rush draws the line, and how the character relationships will develop.  Check out what he had to say after the jump, and be aware that there are some spoilers.

Showrunner Bruno Heller Talks GOTHAM, Avoiding Fantasy, Casting the Series, Teasing Out The Joker in Every Episode, and More

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One of the most highly anticipated new shows of the season is the Fox drama series Gotham.  From executive producer/writer Bruno Heller (The Mentalist, Rome) and with a beautifully cinematic pilot directed by Danny Cannon (the CSI franchise, Nikita), it is the origin story for a number of the characters in the Batman universe, including Catwoman, The Penguin, The Riddler and Poison Ivy, as it shows what made them the formidable adversaries that they eventually become.  At its core, it is the story of Detective James Gordon’s (Benjamin McKenzie) rise through a dangerously corrupt city teetering on the edge of evil, and it chronicles the birth of one of the most popular superheroes of our time.

While at the Fox portion of the TCA Press Tour, showrunner Bruno Heller spoke to Collider for this exclusive interview about developing the look for the city of Gotham, making it feel like the real world and not a fantasy world, deciding on the age of Bruce Wayne (David Mazouz) in this story, putting together such a tremendous cast, figuring out when to be more literal and when to be more subtle when it comes to the portrayals of the villains, that ever present question of when we’ll see The Joker, and the decision to have a possibility in every episode.  Check out what he had to say after the jump, and be aware that there are some spoilers.

Casey Wilson and Kristen Schaal Talk THE HOTWIVES OF ORLANDO, Shooting 7 Episodes in 7 Days, Reality TV, GONE GIRL, and More

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The Hulu original series The Hotwives of Orlando is a hilarious and raunchy parody of one of the most popular franchises in reality television.  It takes you inside the uber-exclusive and glamorous world of six hot housewives in the sexy city of Orlando, as they fight over pretty much everything, except for their love of shoes, plastic surgery and spending all of their husbands’ money.  The seven-episode series stars Casey Wilson, Kristen Schaal, Angela Kinsey, Tymberlee Hill, Andrea Savage, and show creators Dannah Phirman and Danielle Schneider.

During the Hulu portion of the TCA Press Tour, co-stars Casey Wilson (who plays self-obsessed trophy wife, Tawny St. John) and Kristen Schaal (who plays former child star Amanda Simmons) spoke to Collider for this exclusive interview about how this show came about, why they wanted to get involved, shooting all seven episodes in seven days, what they think of reality television, and that they could get as outrageous as they wanted.  Casey Wilson also talked about the stark contrast of doing numerous takes for her role in director David Fincher’s upcoming film, Gone Girl (in theaters on October 3rd).  Check out what they had to say after the jump.

Joe Swanberg Talks HAPPY CHRISTMAS, Casting Anna Kendrick, Shooting on 16mm Film, Shaping the Story in the Editing Room, and His Future Films

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From filmmaker Joe Swanberg, Happy Christmas tells the story of budding novelist Kelly (Melanie Lynskey) and her film director husband Jeff (Swanberg), who live a peaceful existence with their two-year-old son.  When Jeff’s irresponsible younger sister, Jenny (Anna Kendrick), comes to live with them and disrupts things a bit, it prompts Kelly to look at her own life and career.

During this exclusive phone interview with Collider, Joe Swanberg talked about why he decided to explore the aspects of this particular story, why he wanted Anna Kendrick for this role, comparing the reality of the relationship between Jeff and Kelly to Coach Taylor and his wife from Friday Night Lights, why he decided to shoot this on 16mm film, shaping the story during the editing process, that he didn’t shoot much more than he used, how grateful he is for how much he’s learned on the films he’s made, how he usually thinks two movies ahead, that he’s already finished his next film, Digging for Fire, with Jake Johnson and Rosemarie DeWitt, and what’s surprised him most about how actors take to his improvisational style of filmmaking.  Check out what he had to say after the jump. 

Corey Stoll Confirms Edgar Wright Cast Him in ANT-MAN; Talks Reading Both Versions of the Script

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Actor Corey Stoll has been on a tremendous roll in his career lately, with his work on the Netflix series House of Cards, the horror series The Strain, currently on FX, a guest arc on Season 4 of Showtime’s Homeland, and roles in the White Bulger feature Black Mass, as well as Marvel’s Ant-Man.

Even though everything Marvel is always top-secret, when I got some time to chat with the incredibly versatile actor at the FX portion of the TCA Press Tour, I did get some tidbits and wanted to share his enthusiasm for what sounds like it will be a unique film about a scientist (Michael Douglas) who enlists a thief (Paul Rudd) to safeguard his size-changing technology and create a superhero with the astonishing ability to shrink in scale but increase in strength.  Having been cast by original director Edgar Wright, but now also having read the script for new director Peyton Reed‘s iteration of the project, Stoll said he thinks it’s insane that this movie hasn’t been made before, and that it will be a completely different experience.  Check out what he had to say after the jump.  

TWIN PEAKS: THE ENTIRE MYSTERY Review; Cast Talks Being Part of the TWIN PEAKS Universe, Working with David Lynch, Props They Kept and More

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Since it premiered on ABC in 1990, Twin Peaks has made an impression on everyone who’s seen it.  Whether it was life-long love or total confusion, the show sparked conversation then, and still does so, for everyone who has continued to discover it.  So, when I received an invitation to head over to Silver Lake’s Vista Theater for the premiere of Twin Peaks: The Entire Mystery, which includes nearly 90 minutes of outtakes and deleted scenes from 1992′s prequel film, Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me, I jumped at the opportunity.

Before heading inside to check out the footage, I got to chat with some of the actors, including Ray Wise and Grace Zabriskie (who played Laura Palmer’s parents, Leland and Sarah), Catherine Coulson (The Log Lady), Mädchen Amick (Shelly Johnson), James Marshall (James Hurley), Miguel Ferrer (Albert Rosenfeld) and Mary Jo Deschanel (Eileen Hayward), who are all clearly still very appreciative of the time they spent in the Twin Peaks universe, working with the mastermind behind it all, David Lynch.  Check out what they had to say and read my thoughts on the footage after the jump.

Producer Andrew Kreisberg Talks ARROW, THE FLASH, the Crossover Episodes, How the Two Shows Differ From One Another, and More

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Viewers were introduced to Barry Allen (Grant Gustin) during Season 2 of the hit CW drama series Arrow, in a way that made the character both likeable and intriguing, and it was easy to see why he immediately got his own TV show.  With that drama series debuting on October 7th, he’ll get his own backstory and mythology and villains to fight, while also playing into the bigger DC universe and, at times, characters will cross back and forth between the two shows.

While at The CW portion of the TCA Press Tour, executive producer/writer Andrew Kreisberg, who is working on both Arrow and The Flash, spoke to Collider for this exclusive interview about following a villain-of-the-week format while exploring the larger mythology and mythos, how the show will be lighter and funnier than Arrow, that they’re throwing every idea they have at this season while knowing there’s some stuff that they won’t be able to get to until a possible second season, the big two-part cross-over episode that will come in Episode 8 of both shows, just before the Episode 9 mid-season finale, what sort of discussions they have about which characters they can use in the DC universe on TV, as opposed to the films, and how cool it is to get Grant Gustin and John Wesley Shipp in the same scene.  Check out what he had to say after the jump, and be aware that there are some spoilers.

The CW President Mark Pedowitz Talks THE VAMPIRE DIARIES Season 6, THE ORIGINALS Season 2, SUPERNATURAL Spin-off Possibilities, and More

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the-cw-mark-pedowitz-sliceWhile at The CW portion of the TCA Press Tour, President Mark Pedowitz took some time to talk about new and returning programming.  During the interview, he spoke about why he decided to let go of the Supernatural spin-off, Tribes, and that he’s still hoping to expand the franchise, at some point, how Jane the Virgin came to the network, what made them decide to bring back Beauty and the Beast and where it’s headed in Season 3, why Star-Crossed and The Tomorrow People ultimately didn’t get renewed, what made The 100 a success, and where things are headed on The Vampire Diaries Season 6 and The Originals Season 2.  Check out what he had to say after the jump.

Showtime President David Nevins Talks Cameron Crowe’s ROADIES, PENNY DREADFUL Season 2, the DEXTER Finale, His Desire to Make a HALO Series, More

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While at Showtime portion of the TCA Press Tour, President David Nevis took some time to talk about new and returning programming.  During the interview, he spoke about their new comedy pilots, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend (directed by Mark Webb) and Roadies (from Cameron Crowe and J.J. Abrams), Penny Dreadful season 2 and how it will have a human antagonist, the status of Happyish (the series starring that Philip Seymour Hoffman), what the real reason was behind the choice for the ending of Dexter and the possibility of the show returning, how long The Affair could run, and how he’d still like to do a Halo series.  Check out what he had to say after the jump.

Alex Kurtzman Gives Updates on AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 3, SINISTER SIX, and VENOM; Talks Universal Monster Universe Plans

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While producer/writer/director Alex Kurtzman was at the CBS portion of the TCA Press Tour for his latest TV venture Scorpion, it provided an opportunity to catch up with him about some of the projects he currently has in various stages of development in the film world.

During an interview with Collider and a couple of other outlets, talk went to the building of a Monster Universe with the classic movie monsters, which he’s kicking off with The Mummy, that he’d be honored if Guillermo del Toro wanted to get involved with Frankenstein, once they get to that stage, his big picture view of the Monster Universe, and how some monsters will get their own movie while others are supporting characters in other monster movies.  He also talked about where things are at with The Amazing Spider-Man 3 and that they’re just trying to figure things out, at this stage, working with Drew Goddard on Sinister Six, and his plans to direct Venom after that.  And of course, no conversation with Kurtzman would be complete without an update on the feature film of Locke & Key.  Check out what he had to say after the jump.

Elijah Wood Talks WILFRED, Looking back on the Show during Its Final Season, His Character’s Paranoia, What He Kept from the Set, and His Upcoming Projects

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Currently in its final season, the FX comedy Wilfred follows Ryan (Elijah Wood), a young man who is still questioning his sanity while learning how to overcome his fears and embrace the unpredictability and insanity of the world around him.  As Ryan struggles to make his way through life, the one constant is his unique friendship with his neighbor’s canine pet, which he happens to see as a crude Australian (Jason Gann) in a cheap dog suit.

During this recent interview to talk about the show’s final season and to reflect back on the entire experience, actor Elijah Wood talked about where Ryan’s level of paranoia is, at this point, what he thinks the legacy of Wilfred will be, if there is a storyline or character he wishes was explored more deeply, what he’ll remember most about being a part of the show, what he took from the set, and what he has coming out next, as an actor and as a producer.  Check out what he had to say after the jump, and be aware that there are some spoilers

Executive Producer David S. Goyer Talks CONSTANTINE, the Character’s Bisexuality, Casting the Lead, Dropping a Character from the Pilot, and More

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From executive producer David S. Goyer and director Neil Marshall, Constantine is based on the wildly popular comic book series Hellblazer from DC Comics.  John Constantine (Matt Ryan) is a seasoned demon hunter and master of the occult, armed with a ferocious knowledge of the dark arts and his wicked wit, but his soul is already damned to hell.

While at the NBC portion of the TCA Press Tour, David S. Goyer talked about when he was first introduced to Constantine in the comics, what he loved about the character, why they decided to call the series Constantine instead of Hellblazer, how they saw over 500 people for the role of John Constantine, the comic book storyline they were inspired by for the start of the show, how they’ll handle things like the smoking and his bisexuality, the creative input they get from Geoff Johns and DC Entertainment, introducing other characters from the supernatural and occult universe, why they chose to replace the character of Liv (played by Lucy Griffiths in the pilot) with Zed (Angelica Celaya), and how he’d like to find the time to write a comic book again.  Check out what he had to say after the jump.

Nicky Whelan Talks MATADOR, Her Reaction to the Season 2 Pick-Up, Her Audition Process, Learning to Shoot a Gun, and Her Character’s Relationships

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From writer/producer Roberto Orci, the 13-episode El Rey series Matador is an action-packed, fun, sexy, dangerous look at the world of an undercover CIA operative masquerading as a professional soccer star.  Tony “Matador” Bravo (Gabriel Luna) becomes a professional soccer player for the LA Riot, in order to use his skills as a covert operative to get close to ruthless billionaire team owner Andrés Galan (Alfred Molina) and execute missions for the CIA.

While at the El Rey portion of the TCA Press Tour, actress Nicky Whelan (who plays Tony Bravo’s analytical and beautiful control agent, Annie Mason) spoke to Collider for this exclusive interview about just how much fun it is to be a part of this show, that it feels like they’re doing a big James Bond movie, how excited she is that they already have a Season 2 pick-up, auditioning as part of pilot season, what drew her to this role, having to learn how to shoot a gun, how the relationship between Annie Mason and Tony Bravo will develop, and getting to work with such a talented cast.  Check out what she had to say after the jump, and be aware that there are some spoilers

Vince Gilligan and Peter Gould Talk BETTER CALL SAUL, Being Limited by BREAKING BAD’s Story, Making the Show Stand on Its Own, and Possible Cameos

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At the AMC portion of the TCA Press Tour, executive producers/writers Vince Gilligan and Peter Gould, who will be working on the show in a 50/50 capacity, spoke about the Breaking Bad spin-off, Better Call Saul.  Because it is such a highly anticipated series, fan were disappointed when the premiere was pushed to 2015, but were also reassured by the fact that it’s already been given a second season pick-up.

During the interview, Vince Gilligan and Peter Gould talked about being limited by where the story ended up in Breaking Bad, that they’re currently breaking Episode 8 out of 10 for the first season, wanting to establish the show as its own thing rather than the series equivalent of a clips show, that there is a chance of Gus Fring (Giancarlo Esposito) making an appearance, when they realized they weren’t going to make their original airdate, how setting it in 2002 makes it a period piece, what other new characters we can expect to see, and how viewers should expect some non-linear storytelling.  Check out what they had to say after the jump.

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