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Author: Diana Price

Colin Hanks Talks Having the Best Scene of the “Fargo” Premiere

Colin Hanks has carved out his own distinguished acting career in the shadow of his father, Tom, and his latest role is in the critically-acclaimed FX series “Fargo.” As Gus Grimly, Hanks plays a meek police officer who, in a pivotal scene of the premier, lets bad guy Lorne Malvo (Billy Bob Thornton) get away after he pulls him over for routine traffic stop. And we aren’t talking a mere oversight here; Malvo tells him point blank he’s a bad guy and it’s in his best interest to just let him go for his and his daughter’s sake, and Gus does. We joined Hanks on a media call to discuss the complexities of his flawed but well-meaning character, and in particular, getting that scene right. Q: Do you think that in that first scene with your character and Billy Bob Thornton, that it speaks to the question of what is a hero because Gus has different things to worry about in his life, like the safety of his daughter? And also, we have to believe that your guy is nice enough and cares about his daughter enough that he has that stuff going on in his mind, plus Billy Bob has to be threatening enough that we have to buy it that just looking at you would intimidate you enough to let him go. Colin Hanks: Well, I think...

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WGN’s “Salem”: Witchy is the New Black

Witches are all the rage on TV, with “The Witches of East End” on Lifetime and FX’s big hit, “American Horror Story: Coven.” And now WGN is getting into the original series game with their own twist on those magical women of lore with “Salem.” But this version is a bit different than what we’ve seen so far with the modern day soap operas of those predecessors. Campy vs. Creepy “The Witches of East End” plays out in a modern day setting, and “Coven” bounces between two different time periods, but is set primarily in the present, unlike “Salem.” But more importantly, each show has its own vibe, with “Coven” becoming more campy as the season wore on. WIth acting divas like Jessica Lange, Angela Bassett and Kathy Bates, the temptation to go that route is understandable, but the creepiness of the WGN series is a welcome departure for those who may have been disappointed by the emphasis on humor over horror in “Coven.” Country vs. City The latest TV installment of witches plays up more of the natural elements of witchery, with rituals in the woods, toads and magical ointments. “Coven” witches seem to just conjure most of their magical powers out of thin air, despite the apothecary of herbs in the greenhouse. And they enjoy the finer side of life in the urban setting of New Orleans:...

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“Warehouse 13” Stars Talk Babies and Learning Spanish in Final Episodes

As cult TV favorite “Warehouse 13” winds down its final episodes, stars Eddie McClintock, Joanne Kelly and Executive Producer Jack Kenny dished on what to expect in the final season, including a Spanish telenovella and the possibility of babies in the future for Pete and Myka. One of the final episodes features a plot line involving a television that can pull people into whatever TV show is playing. And yes, you’ll see the characters transported into a Spanish telenovella in an episode that fans just may crown the funniest ever in a series already known for its camp and humor. In fact, when asked about their favorite moments for the entire history of the series, McClintock cited that episode, “Savage Seduction,” although he was not so happy about having to learn Spanish. “Jack came up to me,” said McClintock, who plays Pete on the series. “He’s like, ‘Okay listen. You’re going to have to learn Spanish so start now.’ And I was like, ‘What?’ “So, you know, Joanne and I and Artie were … all having to take Spanish lessons for a couple months I guess. We took lessons in between, you know, during our lunch breaks and it was probably the hardest I’ve had to work on any of the shows or any of the seasons … I mean, I’m like four IQ points above the short bus...

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Brian Henson Keeps His Father’s Dream Alive in “Jim Henson’s Creature Shop Challenge”

Jim Henson gained legendary status for his Muppet creations before his death in 1990, and his son, Brian Henson, continues his father’s legacy for creating fantastic creatures through puppetry and animatronics. Starting March 25, Syfy brings the mystery of this art to television with their latest reality competition series, “Jim Henson’s Creature Shop Challenge,” where Henson will be one of the show’s judges for contestants trying to earn a job with his family company. He sat down for a media conference call to discuss the show, his father and how the art of animatronics remains relevant in the age of CGI. Q: Can you talk about how you got started doing this series and why you decided to do it? Brian Henson: Well, it’s something we’ve been considering for quite a long time, actually … [These artists are a] very rare talent and they’re hard to find, but what they do is, in my mind, almost the closest to magic that you will find in the artistic field and nobody knows about these creature builders. They cannot win an Emmy award. They cannot win an Academy Award. They do sometimes, but for kind of the wrong reasons. Rick Baker has won for makeup, but he wasn’t doing makeup and, you know, sometimes our creature shop will win for costuming, but they’re not costumes. So really these are artists that...

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Jeri Ryan and Producer Steven Maeda Dish on Syfy’s Hit, “Helix”

  Syfy has developed many original scripted shows, but their current new kid on the block, “Helix,” has set viewership records as their most watched premiere ever, with 1.8 million viewers tuning in to watch the pilot episode. This intense science fiction thriller rated number two in its time slot for all cable shows during its debut. And “Helix” has some serious science fiction street cred. Creator Ronald D. Moore is known for his work on “Battlestar Galactica,” “Outlander,” and multiple “Star Trek” spinoffs, and Executive Producer/showrunner Steven Maeda was a writer for the “X-Files.” As if that weren’t enough, this week the series brings in a guest star with a heavy science fiction following in Jeri Ryan of “Star Trek: Voyager.” In a media conference call, Maeda and Ryan chatted about the show, getting gory, and how co-star Hiro Sanadagore really is their hero. Q: “The X-Files” was very dark like “Helix” but had at least a little humor in the interplay between Scully and Mulder. But “Helix” is just relentless. Do you plan to keep up this intensity or are you going to let us breathe every now and then somewhere in the series? Steve Maeda: No. We want to keep up the intensity. There are light moments coming, but … it’s black humor definitely, and they tend to be in service of keeping everything moving and...

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