Tyler Labine New Amsterdam
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5 Questions With Tyler Labine of NBC’s “New Amsterdam”

Wildfires were ravaging swaths of California as Tyler Labine was leaving his wife and three children and trying to get to the airport. He needed to be in New York, on the set of NBC’s drama New Amsterdam, by morning. After a series of mishaps including a no-show shuttle and the highway shutting down, Labine made it to the Santa Barbara Airport to take a rescheduled red-eye. Once in New York he was immersed in another drama — thankfully this one fictionalized — where he plays a very patient psychologist. Labine is one of those reliable character actors, a face […]

Steven Schirripa
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7 Questions With Steven Schirripa of CBS’ “Blue Bloods”

Whether playing a mobster as he did on The Sopranos or a cop as he does on CBS’ Blue Bloods, Steve Schiripa gives off a vibe of a guy who gets the job done with a minimal amount of nonsense. Schirripa continued to work in Las Vegas as the entertainment director at the Riviera Hotel even during his first year on the hit HBO mob drama. He reflects on his acting career taking off at the age of 40 and answers our “7 Questions.” What were a few of your first jobs before you got into acting? I was an […]

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5 Questions With … Marque Richardson Of Netflix’s “Dear White People”

In an episode of Netflix’s Dear White People, a white policeman pulls his gun on Reggie (Marque Richardson), a black student who refuses to show his student ID during a house party that has gotten rowdy. Friends urge Reggie to comply. After an incredibly tense few moments, he does. Later, Reggie breaks down in his dorm room. It’s a spectacular moment of acting and one that so nauseatingly reflects the times. The crying was not in the script, Richardson shares. That just happened, he explains. How could he not? Here he answers our “5 Questions.” If your TV carried just […]

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5 Questions With … Marlee Matlin Of ABC’s “Quantico”

5 Questions With … Marlee Matlin Of ABC’s “Quantico” By Jacqueline Cutler Anyone can make a loud entrance, but it takes an actor of terrific intensity to make a silent one and then to command the screen. Academy Award winner Marlee Matlin does this when she joins ABC’s Thursday night drama Quantico as former FBI Agent and instructor Jocelyn Turner. Though a bomb left her deaf, Turner remains a sharp shooter and the agent others turn to in a crisis. Showrunner Michael Seitzman had worked with Matlin on Code Black and wanted to bring her back. When the budget for […]

David Eigenberg
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5 Questions With … David Eigenberg of NBC’s “Chicago Fire”

David Eigenberg gives off the vibe of a bar owner. It’s a profession he’s become familiar with. On Chicago Fire, NBC’s Thursday drama currently in its sixth season, he plays Christopher Herrmann, the veteran firefighter who owns the bar Molly’s. On Sex and the City, he was Steve, the pub owner married to Miranda. “I don’t drink at all; I don’t know why or how I end up at bars,” Eigenberg says. “I have that face. I walked away from bars a long time ago.” He’s happy living in Chicago, near where he grew up, with his wife, 9-year-old son […]

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5 Questions With … Peter Onorati Of CBS’ ‘S.W.A.T.’

As long as Peter Onorati stayed in the business, it was bound to happen. “Mumford is the old man,” Onorati, 64, says of his character on S.W.A.T., CBS’ Thursday drama. “It’s my first role of being the old man, and I love it. He is a straight shooter, by the book, and I love it.” “He’s not necessarily open to new techniques and new thinking,” Onorati says. “When it comes down to it, it is all about SWAT and he does what is necessary. He is the leader of the other SWAT team. He’s on the street as much as […]

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Bellamy Young Talks “Scandal” Series Finale, Spirulina, Brian Greene & More

Bellamy Young was finishing the penultimate episode of Scandal, and even she did not know how the ABC hit would end on April 19. “We talk about it all the time, and none of us have any idea,” Young says. “I’m dying to see what is going to happen.” As Mellie Grant, Young began as the first lady with a philandering husband. During the seven-season run, Mellie has been blackmailed, her son was murdered, she was kicked out of the White House, she had an affair, and she became senator and president. Not bad for a character who was supposed […]

Zach Braff on Alex, Inc. on ABC
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5 Questions With Zach Braff

After nine years on Scrubs, Zach Braff was “planning to direct more features between what I had written and studio fare,” he tells us, but he was lured back to TV with ABC’s new sitcom Alex, Inc. In the series, premiering Wednesday, March 28, Braff plays Alex, a husband and father who commits a spectacular act of irresponsibility. Alex has spent 16 years on the “Cheer Up!” radio show, which is described as “NPR on Prozac.” He desperately wants to tell stories that will change the world, but during a disastrous pitch meeting, he quits. His producer Deirdre (Hillary Anne […]

Ryan Cartwright
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5 Questions With … Ryan Cartwright Of CBS’ “Kevin Can Wait”

If you’re a regular kind of guy, like Kevin James on Kevin Can Wait, you expect a certain kind of guy as a son-in-law. A frequently unemployed Brit in need of a green card, who could not hold onto a football if it were coated in glue and stuck to his hands, does not rank high on the list. Yet Ryan Cartwright fits wonderfully into the CBS Monday comedy as Kevin’s son-in-law, Chale. Even his name is created to rankle. “He has changed a little bit,” Cartwright says. “Now he is brittle. He is trying to be as macho as […]