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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 […]

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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 […]

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5 Questions With … Lucas Till Of CBS’ “MacGyver.”

The challenge is, what can’t MacGyver fix? We suspect if you gave him duct tape, a clothes hanger and a wad of gum, he could launch a missile. And it would undoubtedly hit its target, relying on a map he sketched on a napkin. There’s a fun cockiness to Angus MacGyver on CBS’ Friday reboot of the 1980s hit. Though Lucas Till had dozens of credits before tackling this role, playing MacGyver could give any actor pause. After all, how many names become verbs as in “Can you MacGyver this”? Till mulls over what MacGyver cannot fix. “He’s like a […]

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5 Questions With … Freddy Rodríguez Of CBS’ “Bull”

Freddy Rodríguez is the rarest of actors: He’s been constantly employed and never had to wait tables. “My journey was a very, very different one, and an anomaly,” he says from the set of CBS’ Tuesday drama Bull, where he plays incisive lawyer Benny Colón. “I was right out of high school, and I auditioned for A Walk in the Clouds. It was a gigantic studio movie, and I booked the job out of Chicago, and right after I booked Dead Presidents in the same year. So I came to L.A. with two very big studio movies under my belt. […]

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5 Questions With Atticus Shaffer of ABC’s “The Middle”

Precisely midway through the final season of ABC’s The Middle Atticus Shaffer was relishing the remaining time with castmates, describing the set of the Tuesday comedy as bittersweet. Over nine years, viewers have grown to love the Hecks — frazzled mom Frankie (Patricia Heaton), taciturn dad Mike (Neil Flynn) and their three kids. Axl (Charlie McDermott) learned that he needed to wear pants. Sue’s (Eden Sher) sweet incompetence was outweighed by boundless enthusiasm. As the baby of the family, Brick (Shaffer) began as an odd child repeating words to himself in a stage whisper. He’s now a teen, still whip-smart […]

Chloe Bennett from Marvel's Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. on the new season, Shark Tank, Mark Cuban and more
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Chloe Bennet of Agents of SHIELD talks Shark Tank, Mark Cuban and a Second Career as a “Boxed Baker”?

A lot has changed for Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. since the show’s debut four years ago. After blasting through every earthbound superpowered challenge imaginable, the show’s landmark fifth season (airing on ABC Mondays) will take us to an entirely new frontier: space. Luckily, sweeping changes are nothing new for one of the show’s major players, Chloe Bennet. Since she debuted as the wisecracking, computer-hacking Skye, change has been nothing short of constant, as her character evolved from a young rebel to the superpowered authority figure known as Quake. Away from the cameras, however, she’s still the coolest girl in the […]

Harry Lennix shares the backstory of Harold CooperThe Blacklist
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The Blacklist’s Harry Lennix On Meeting Streisand, Sardines and Harold Cooper

Even off-camera, Chicago native Harry Lennix, who plays The Blacklist’s FBI chief honcho Harold Cooper, has his pulse and heart on what it means to wear a badge. Lennix is a spokesperson for a division of the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives, and his brother is a retired Illinois State Police commander, so you can understand why he’s excited for the Nov. 1 episode of The Blacklist on NBC. “I’m proud with what the writers have been able to do with this episode — we get to peek inside the mind of an FBI agent of color, in […]