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INTERVIEW: Lyndsy Fonseca (Alex) from Nikita

September 30th, 2011

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Nikita returned last week and I’m excited it’s back! What’s to come for Nikita, Michael, Alex and the rest of the fractured Division? I can’t wait to see what happens. I recently had the chance to chat with Lyndsy Fonseca (who plays Alex — one of my favorite characters) at Comic Con. She talked about Alex’s love life, her relationship with Amanda and what we can expect from the upcoming season.

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INTERVIEW: Craig Silverstein (Executive Producer) of Nikita

September 23rd, 2011

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Nikita is back tonight! I’m very interested to see how this season shapes up and how Birkhoff and Owen and other returning characters factor in. I recently got the chance to catch up with Executive Producer Craig Silverstein at Comic Con, where he previewed the big premiere, talked black boxes and new characters, and Michael and Nikita.

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INTERVIEW: Maggie Q (Nikita) from Nikita

September 23rd, 2011

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Nikita returns tonight and its freshman season ended on a very interesting note. The show did a major retooling half way through the season and I have to say, I always thoroughly enjoy it week after week. I’m not sure where they will go now that Nikita and Alex are not working together and Nikita and Michael on the run. But I recently had the chance to catch up with the cast at Comic Con, and Maggie Q had some very interesting things to say about the upcoming season, Nikita’s motivations and flashbacks.

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VIDEO INTERVIEW: Paul Wesley (Stefan) from The Vampire Diaries

September 22nd, 2011

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Last week, The Vampire Diaries returned in epic fashion. Stefan was off with Klaus being The Ripper and killing all these unassuming people. But at the moment, it’s all an act. Stefan called Elena on her birthday at the end of the episode but couldn’t say anything. It was heartbreaking! I recently had the chance to chat with Paul Wesley, at Comic Con, who talked about whether Damon is going to try to save Stefan, if Stefan’s motivations have changed and how much he likes playing the darker Stefan. Watch the video interview below!

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INTERVIEW: Natasha Henstridge (Dawn Chamberlain) from The Secret Circle

September 21st, 2011

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Could you tell us a little bit about your character?
I play Dawn Chamberlain, who is the principal of the high school where the circle comes together and all the kids attend. I also play the mother of Faye Chamberlain, as they say in the pilot, the resident bad girl. The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree. I am I guess some people could say the villain. Although like anyone who is playing a character, there’s always a reason in your head that you’re doing the things that you’re doing and I think in her case, she really, genuinely believes that she’s bringing these kids together and getting this full circle together because her generation has lost their power because of deaths and you can’t have power without the full circle. So she’s sort of in some ways using her own daughter to get the circle together, to get power, for something really, really big and huge for something that I’m not quite sure what it is yet. But I think in her head, it’s for the greater good. But does a lot of really horrible things to get there.

Are we going to see a lot of flashbacks and learn more about Dawn’s past?
That’s not a question for me. I’m not really sure. But you know what? I’m going to say yes, because I did have some conversations with Kevin and you will get to know and see a little bit more about that generation, sort of what happened. There’s sort of three generations really happening — the grandparents generation and I think they could still have a lot of power, but they put a stop to some other things and our generation lost the power because of some deaths, and then of course the young ones.

What is the one aspect that you like best about Dawn?
To be able to be smart enough to choreograph that people come back together. I think that she’s really intelligent. She has an interesting moral code. She does have some morality. It’s probably not what most people would think of as being very moral. Even in the next script that’s coming out, that I just read, you see that there are lines that she won’t cross. So she’s pretty well-rounded, but she gets to do a lot of nasty, horrible things which is always fun to play. But I think she genuinely is smart and is doing it for a reason. And I’m holding onto that until they prove me wrong.

What do you think motivates her? Protecting her daughter or power?
Getting power is her biggest motivation. I think she definitely doesn’t want to hurt her daughter. I think she really loves her daughter. I think that she thinks that whatever it is that she needs all this power for is going to be the most important thing and maybe even protect her daughter anyway. I think that’s where she’s heading.

On genre shows, a lot of times the bad person doesn’t last the whole season. Are there worse out there?
Maybe. There’s always someone worse than you. (laughs) I think there will be other bad people.

But there might be a tiny bit of good in her?
There might be some good in her, yeah. The next script, that we’re shooting right now, was a page turner, because I read this thing and I was like huh? I thought she was really horrible. And then that thing, and she is pretty horrible (laughs). So, she’s dynamic. She’s really dynamic.

Will you get to do a lot of scenes with Gale Harold?
I’m assuming so. We seem like we’re very much in cahoots at the moment, so yeah.

You’ve done a lot of genre stuff. Can you talk about getting back into it? What do you bring into it from those projects that make it easier?
Perhaps a fan base. But there’s always something possibly more believable when you’ve played something other-worldly. I think that helps an audience in some ways to see you. Of course, it’s a completely different generation now so… but being able to believe in the out there, and really convince yourself and playing something like that. It’s fun. It’s an odd thing to have to play — aliens and witches and whatever. Played ‘em all.

What parts do you like to play best?
I’ve been lucky to get cast in roles where I played really intelligent women. And this is a really intelligent woman, too. And luckily, the writers are good, because I’m not that smart myself. (laughs) I do like playing strong woman, though. And I’m drawn to that and it’s fun to play vulnerability and all that stuff, too. And you want to care about the character you’re playing and all of that but the strong thing is nice. It’s funny to say a role model, but in some ways, playing a strong woman is some sort of role model even if she’s evil.

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INTERVIEW: Ian Brennan (Executive Producer) from Glee

September 20th, 2011

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Glee returns tonight and I’m pretty excited about it. From talking to the producers and cast members at Comic Con, it seems that they are trying to get back to basics, and have a third season that’s more like season one. I fell in love with the show in season one, and while I really enjoyed season two as well, season one is what the show is all about. Ian Brennan (Executive Producer) talked about the upcoming season, Sue Sylvester’s new political campaign and which secondary characters we might see in the spotlight in season three.

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INTERVIEW: Brad Falchuk (Executive Producer) from Glee

September 19th, 2011

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Glee returns tomorrow night and despite what many may have thought of as a very up and down second season (I agree to an extent with this sentiment), I am very excited for it to be back. I am happy the show has gotten a full writing staff and I look forward to seeing what is next for the New Directions crew. And I am definitely needing some new Glee covers on my iPod! I recently had the chance to talk to Brad Falchuk (Executive Producer) at Comic Con, about what his goals are for this coming season, the new writing staff and what’s going to happen with the characters that are graduating.

What are your goals this season?
Big picture, my goal is really to make it the best season we’ve ever done. And I think we’re doing that through really focusing on the stories in a very specific way which is really building these story engines to drive us through three or four episodes at a time. So the goal is to really use those, to really get deeper into the characters, to really figure out a little more about them. Give it the urgency of what happens when a bunch of people graduate.

How carefully do you want to use guest stars and doing occasional theme episodes?
The idea is that this year, we came up with some amazing engines, so many of them. Frankly, the first nine or ten episodes, there’s no room for any big guest stars. Maybe a guest star, I shouldn’t say never. But there’s no real room for theme episodes because there’s so much story going on. So I don’t think there’s as much of as a balance as when do we need that in terms of storytelling — to find the time when that’s appropriate.

How has the dynamic changed now that you have a writing staff? Are we going to see more story-focused episodes?
It’s our job to drive what the show is and decide what is the tone of the show and what the stories are the show are. So what a writing staff provides is fresh, new ideas to help what determine what we think is a good idea. So when we’re stuck with something, they come in and they help us solve the problem. What it’s allowing us to do is more of what we want to do because you have all these great brains out there to really help us.

Do you have a favorite episode?
I love Sectionals in Season One. I think it’s really a lot of what the show is about. I love the pilot. I love them all in different ways. There are ones that I’m prouder of than others, but that’s what it is.

Can you talk about the characters who are graduating?
People are graduating. Those three characters are certainly graduating. But we’re not getting rid of them. We’re going to have to get creative about it. And we have a lot of ideas about it. Like we did with Darren last year. If I came and said Darren’s not back next year, they would have [thrown a fit] at us — Darren has been in fifteen episodes, not even, of Glee. It’s our job to find people like Darren who are really talented and bring them and to make them characters who people really love.

Be sure to tune in tomorrow night at 8 PM to FOX for the big third season premiere of Glee!

INTERVIEW: Kevin Williamson (Executive Producer) from The Secret Circle

September 16th, 2011

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The Secret Circle premiered last night on the CW to very good numbers, and I am so excited it did so well! If you don’t know already, the show centers around Cassie Blake (played by Britt Robertson) who is forced to move in with her grandmother, after her mom dies. She soon learns she is a witch and there are a group of young witches who call themselves “The Circle.” Kevin Williamson is the Executive Producer on The Secret Circle and The Vampire Diaries. I recently had the chance to chat with him at Comic Con about the mythology of the show, how the show stands out from the pack, the possibility of a crossover with The Vampire Diaries and much more.

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VIDEO INTERVIEW: Candice Accola (Caroline) from The Vampire Diaries

September 15th, 2011

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The day is finally here. The Vampire Diaries season three premiere is tonight and judging from all the previews, it’s going to be one hell of a season opener. What’s to come of our favorite vampires, werewolves and witches? We find out so soon! Seriously, can you tell that I am excited? I recently had the chance to catch up with the cast at Comic Con, and Candice Accola (who plays one of my favorites, Caroline) talks about what’s to come for Caroline in season three, Elena’s big birthday party and the Tyler/Matt love triangle. Watch the video interview below!

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INTERVIEW: Britt Robertson (Cassie) from The Secret Circle

September 15th, 2011

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The Secret Circle premieres tonight on the CW, and oh my goodness, it is so so good. Based on the book series by L.J. Smith, it centers around Cassie Blake, who comes to a new town after her mom’s death, only to discover she is a witch and she had no idea. The show captured me from the first moment and I can’t wait for everyone to see it. I recently had the chance to catch up with the cast of The Secret Circle at Comic Con. Britt Robertson (who plays Cassie, and who I absolutely ADORED on Life Unexpected) talked about the differences and challenges that come with playing someone other than Lux (with witch powers), how she’s going to come to terms with her new powers and whether she is ultimately a good witch or a bad witch.

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