Monday, June 20, 2011

From LA Examiner: Preview 'Leverage's Return; Interviews with 'Masterchef', Tisha Campbell-Martin, Sarah Carter, Veena Sud & Alison Haislip...

"The Leverage season four opener is certainly made for its diehard fans"

Leverage’s new season premiere is not necessarily for those who have not been following along all of these years. In fact, if you’re not a diehard fan of the show already, this episode may actually turn you off from tuning in in the future, rather than intrigue you into wanting to know more. Opening an over-the-top setting (on a literal mountaintop in Alaska) and telling its story through use of seemingly randomly paced flashbacks, even to just mere minutes ago, the Leverage season premiere is jumpy and disoriented for style’s sake... [MORE]

"Tisha Campbell-Martin: The sitcom queen cuts up the cast of The Protector"

“Me growing up, since I was three years old, I saw a need for my family members, that I could help in some way. And so, that little girl at seven years old [on stage in New York] was wanting to help my family keep the lights on and help put food on the table and get the telephone out my name!” Tisha Campbell-Martin said of her vast and varied career ambitions from such a young age... [MORE]

"Q&A with former Masterchef contender, Kristie Amobi"

Kristie Amobi might not still be in the Masterchef competition, having gotten eliminated before the Top 18, but she has such an inspiring story we wanted to reach out to her and learn about her culinary journey anyway. The Oncology VP of Marketing and young wife and mother has kind of a full plate even before deciding to go the reality TV route, but the home-cook who has been working in the kitchen since she was just a kid helping her own mother make dinner wanted to show other women that you don’t have to give up one dream to go after another... [MORE]

"Sarah Carter gets to the heart of the conflict on Falling Skies"

Sarah Carter knew from the beginning-- when Falling Skies was still called “The Untitled Steven Spielberg Alien Invasion Project”-- that it was going to be an epic project. Of course her expectations were high knowing of that involvement; after all, his track record has always been to deliver heartfelt drama, regardless of the backdrop. And when LA TV Insider Examiner caught up with Carter in Los Angeles last week, she admitted that her trust in the project has most certainly paid off... [MORE]

"The Voice digital correspondent Alison Haislip's Twitter hater advice"

“If you live on the internet, you know that haters, you know that trolls, they’re just—they’re the nature of the beast. They come with the territory,” Alison Haislip told LA TV Insider Examiner when we caught up with her at The Voice last week... [MORE]

"The CW's fall schedule 2011 is revealed right here, right now!"

This morning The CW released the premiere dates for all of their new and returning fall shows. They may not lead the pack when it comes to ratings, but by getting this announcement out before any other network, they are certainly leading in fans' excitement! Here is the complete list with more to come about each show as it gets closer to air! ... [MORE]

"The critics have spoken and the first-ever CCTA winners are..."

It feels a bit odd to squeeze the first annual Critics Choice Television Awards in on a random summer Monday (morning, at that!), but that is exactly how the brand new awards show kick-started its career. Over an intimate luncheon held in Beverly Hills CA, stars from both in front of the camera and behind the scenes at some of television's favorite came out to celebrate their shows, their peers, and the industry... [MORE]

"Veena Sud reflects on The Killing, responds to critics"

Let us just preface this by saying that we don't know what all of the fuss was about with the season finale of The Killing. The show is not called Who Killed Rosie Larsen?, it is just unfortunately being marketed that way. It is an intense dramatic piece, focused more on character work than WhoDunIt?, and after witnessing the very slow build of the entire first season, we had an inkling we might not get the killer handed to us (or Det. Sarah Linden) on a silver platter. But still, we admit we held out a little bit of hope. And so did so many others, it seems, from the way in which the internet exploded after the episode aired and we realized that we were going to be heading into season two-- after an extremely long and somewhat painful hiatus-- without having all of the answers... [MORE]

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