Manny Montana Talks GRACELAND Season 2, His Most Memorable Episode from the First Season, His Character’s Journey, and More

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The USA Network drama series Graceland, currently in its second season, follows the high-stakes investigative lives of six undercover federal agents who live together in a government-seized Southern California beachfront house.  That is especially challenging with former FBI rookie Mike Warren (Aaron Tveit) back to run point on a dangerous mission against the cartel, all while Briggs (Daniel Sunjata) is still concerned about the missing recording that implicates him in a murder.

During this exclusive phone interview with Collider, actor Manny Montana (who plays FBI Agent Joe “Johnny” Tuturro) talked about his most memorable episode from Season 1, what he was most anxious to learn about in Season 2, the journey that Johnny is taking this season, going so deep undercover that the lines start to blur, how long everyone can live in one house together before someone reaches a breaking point, and his favorite episode in Season 2.  Check out what he had to say after the jump, and be aware that there are some spoilers.

Manny Montana Talks GRACELAND, Playing an Undercover Agent, His Role in Michael Mann’s CYBER, and More

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From show creator Jeff Eastin (White Collar), the USA Network drama series Graceland delves into the lives of an elusive group of undercover agents from the FBI, DEA and US Customs, who live and operate under one roof. Johnny Tuturro (Manny Montana) is the fun-loving prankster of the house, Briggs’ (Daniel Sunjata) right hand man and the heart of Graceland. In a world that forces them to give up any shred of normalcy and the question of trust is a matter of life or death, they are each other’s family and the house is their sanctuary.  The show also stars Aaron Tveit, Vanessa Ferlito, Brandon Jay McLaren, and Serinda Swan.

During this recent exclusive phone interview with Collider, actor Manny Montana talked about what drew him to the character of Johnny, how much research he did for the undercover agent aspect of the show, how excited the actors get to read each new script, whose backstory most surprised him, getting to be at the center of much of the comic relief, and his concern for the fact that these characters tend to talk a lot about being undercover agents when they’re out in public.  He also talked about the experience of shooting Cyber, about a case of high-level computer hacking, with director Michael Mann.  Check out what he had to say after the jump, and be aware that there are some spoilers.

USA Sets Summer Premiere Dates for BURN NOTICE, ROYAL PAINS, COVERT AFFAIRS, SUITS, and More

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USA network has unveiled its summer schedule, announcing when fans can expect their favorite USA series to return.  Here’s a brief rundown:

  • Season seven of Burn Notice begins on Thursday, June 6th at 9/8c.
  • The new drama series Graceland premieres on Thursday, June 6th at 10/9c.
  • Season five of Royal Pains kicks off on Wednesday, June 12th at 9/8c.
  • The third season of Necessary Roughness launches on Wednesday, June 12th at 10/9c.
  • Season four of Cover Affairs begins on Tuesday, July 16th at 9/8c.
  • The season three premiere of Suits airs on Tuesday, July 16th at 10/9c.
  • And finally, the new series Summer Camp will bow at an unspecified date in July.

Jeff Eastin Talks GRACELAND, Coming Up with the Title, How Dark the Show Will Get and Shooting at a Decommissioned Undercover Agent’s House

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Created by Jeff Eastin (White Collar) and inspired by a true story, the USA Network drama series Graceland delves into the lives of an elusive group of undercover agents from the FBI, DEA and U.S. Customs, whose worlds collide at a repossessed Southern California beachfront mansion.  In such a high stress, dangerous job, lies become normal and secrets are a matter of life or death.  The show stars Daniel Sunjata, Aaron Tveit, Vanessa Ferlito, Brandon Jay McLaren, Manny Montana and Serinda Swan.

While at the USA Network portion of the TCA Press Tour, executive producer Jeff Eastin talked about how the title of the show came about, how he became aware of the real beach house used by undercover agents that had been decommissioned, that this is a dark but reality-based show, the pressure that the success of White Collar puts on this new series, shooting in Florida, and the research that he found most helpful.  Check out what he had to say after the jump.

Second Wave of FANTASTIC FEST 2012 Line-Up Announced; Includes LOOPER, THE ABCs of DEATH, and SINISTER

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Last month, Fantastic Fest announced the first-wave of movies included in their line-up.  Today, they’ve announced Wave Two, and there’s even more greatness on the way.  The big name additions are Rian Johnson‘s Looper, the horror anthology The ABCs of Death, and the Ethan Hawke horror flick Sinister.  While these are awesome films to have in the line-up and they’ll unquestionably pack the house, Fantastic Fest is all about finding the smaller genre flicks, and there are fifteen smaller movies in addition to the three I mentioned above.  Add that to that the 18 movies in the first wave, and there’s already 36 movies to discover.

Hit the jump to check out the full second wave line-up.  Fantastic Fest 2012 runs from September 20 – 27th.

Jeff Eastin Talks WHITE COLLAR Season 4, His New TV Series GRACELAND, and What Happened to His TRUE LIES Sequel Script

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On the hit USA Network drama series White Collar, the unique partnership between slick con man Neal Caffrey (Matt Bomer) and FBI Agent Peter Burke (Tim DeKay) was upended in the highly buzzed about season three finale when Neal fled the country with Mozzie (Willie Garson).  The critically acclaimed series returns for a dramatic fourth season, exploring Burke’s fate with the FBI, the whereabouts of Caffrey, and whether or not their relationship will ever be the same again.  This will also be the season that Caffrey finally digs deeper into his family, in his search for answers about who he really is and where he comes from.

During this recent exclusive phone interview with Collider, show creator/executive producer/writer Jeff Eastin talked about figuring out how to get out of what they set up in the Season 3 finale, shooting on location in Puerto Rico, the direction they’re going in Season 4, the addition of Treat Williams for an arc on the show, how tricky it is to dive into the past of a character (Neal Caffrey) that’s been set up for three seasons now, and whether viewers might ever get to see a cross-over episode with White Collar and one of the other USA Network shows.   He also talked about how his newest TV series Graceland (which follows a group of DEA, FBI and U.S. Customs agents, whose worlds collide when they are forced to live together in an undercover beach house in Southern California) is going, what it will be like to juggle two USA shows that will shoot on opposite coasts, and what exactly happened to the unused True Lies sequel script that he wrote.  Check out what he had to say after the jump, and be aware that there are some spoilers.

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