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Janet Montgomery on “Salem,” Mary Sibley, mice and Margaret Thatcher

Janet Montgomery in Salem

British actress Janet Montgomery has dabbled in a number of American TV series, from FOX’s Human Target to CBS’ Made in Jersey, but nothing has come even close to her newest role as Mary Sibley in WGN America’s Salem. “I do know when I read the scripts it definitely gives me the chills and sometimes I’m like, ‘Oh my God, that seems so risqué,’” Montgomery says of Salem, which airs on Sundays at 10pm ET beginning April 20. The series is set in 17th-century Salem at the height of the Salem witch trials, and follows Montgomery’s character Mary Sibley and … Continue reading

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Preview of “Salem” on WGN: Sex, nudity and Janet Montgomery as one wicked witch

WGN America Salem preview

When it comes to TV’s portrayal of witches, American Horror Story: Coven had its moments, but the newest entry in the genre — Salem — takes a more disturbingly realistic approach to the topic.  The Season 1 premiere of Salem on WGN America (Sunday, April 20 at 10pm ET/9pm CT) takes little time to embark on a wildly wicked and provocatively dark telling of how the 17th-century Salem witch trials actually came to be. And, let’s just say, it wasn’t pretty. TV vets Brannon Braga (writer on series like 24 and Star Trek: The Next Generation) and Adam Simon (The … Continue reading

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“Orphan Black’s” Felix (Jordan Gavaris) talks Season 2

Orphan Black's Jordan Gavaris as Felix

We’re five minutes into screening an action-fueled start to Season 2 of Orphan Black, returning to BBC America Saturday, April 19, and amid all the chaos of Kira and Mrs. S missing and Sarah’s (Tatiana Maslany) world falling apart, in enters the lovably flamboyant Felix (Jordan Gavaris) and some great new chaps. Hilarious! Somehow Gavaris failed to mention that scene when I met up with him earlier this year to talk about the hit series and his character Felix (a.k.a. Fee), who provides much of the series’ comic relief. “I’m not as funny as Felix,” Gavaris confesses. “I’m not anywhere … Continue reading

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Eric Mabius on “Signed, Sealed, Delivered” and guest star Valerie Harper

Eric Mabius in Signed, Sealed, Delivered on Hallmark Channel

Ugly Betty alum Eric Mabius stars in Hallmark Channel’s delightfully endearing new drama series Signed Sealed Delivered, which premieres Sunday, April 20 at 8pm ET/PT. The series follows a group of postal detectives who are dedicated to delivering undeliverable mail from the past, an act that often transforms the recipient and/or sender’s life. The series is written by Martha Williamson (creator of Touched by an Angel), who has a gift for writing appealing programming for a broad age range. “Anyone from 8 to 80 can sit around and watch because there are aspects from each of these characters that everyone … Continue reading

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“Orphan Black” star Jordan Gavaris answers our 7 Questions

Orphan Black star Jordan Gavaris answers our 7 Questions With column

Golden Globe-nominated Tatiana Maslany and costar Jordan Gavaris hit the ground running, literally, in Season 2 of the clone conspiracy-drama Orphan Black, returning to BBC America Saturdays at 9pm ET/PT beginning April 19. Gavaris, whose character Felix (aka Fee) adds the witty banter when dealing with his foster sister Sarah (Maslany) and her club of clones, tells us that this season brings new challenges. “He has a big decision to make and it’s not an easy one,” Gavaris says of Felix. “The relationship between him and his sister is going to be tested in really profound ways. It was very … Continue reading

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Casting call for “Summer Time Share” seeks teens and single parents

casting call for Summer Time Share, new docu/reality series that is seeking teens and single parents

An official casting call for Summer Time Share — the next “major network” docu/reality series — was made from Doron Ofir Casting. If you are a teen with a single parent or a single parent with a teen and would love the opportunity to be whisked away on a summer you’ll surely remember (and possibly the rest of the world, too) — now’s your chance. Doron Ofir Casting is currently casting for Summer Time Share and describes the adventure as: “a perfect opportunity for single parents and their teenage kids to embark on an idyllic summertime adventure, meet new people, … Continue reading

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Recap of “Lindsay” Episode 5: Mistakes happen

Recap of "Lindsay" Episode 5: Mistakes happen

The furniture arrives, wellness coach A.J. leaves and Lindsay admits to having a glass of wine. Here we are at the episode 5 recap of Lindsay on OWN, the docuseries that follows Lindsay Lohan post rehab and living in New York City, and we learn that Lindsay has had a glass of wine but apparently it’s really not that big of a deal. Let’s start at the beginning. It’s been 18 days since Lindsay moved into her New York apartment and she’s still waiting for her furniture and the rest of her items to arrive from Los Angeles. Killing time … Continue reading

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Those Who Kill finds new home on LMN beginning March 30

Those Who Kill finds new home on LMN beginning March 30

For all those fans who have been ranting at A&E over removing Those Who Kill from the network’s lineup after just two episodes, your comments have been heard. The series will get a rebirth on A&E’s sister network LMN (formerly Lifetime Movie Network) beginning Sunday, March 30 at 10pm ET.  For newbies of the series it’s a great binge-watching opportunity as the first two previously aired episodes of the series will air at 8pm and 9pm ET prior to an all-new episode in its regular time slot at 10pm ET. When asked for a comment on selecting LMN for the … Continue reading

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Season 2 of Da Vinci’s Demons: What’s next for Lucrezia?

Da Vinci's Demons Season 2 2014

There is a greater story here and it’s still being written, so we learn in the opening scene of Season 2 of Da Vinci’s Demons. David S. Goyer’s historical fantasy returns to Starz with 10 new episodes beginning Saturday, March 22 at 9pm ET/PT.  Below we give a quick breakdown of where we left off,  where Season 2 is heading and what’s next for Lucrezia Donati (Laura Haddock), Florence’s celebrated beauty and now outed spy, who will stop at nothing to protect those she loves. We sat down with Haddock and had a lovely chat about the new season. But … Continue reading

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7 Questions With Laura Haddock of “Da Vinci’s Demons”

Laura Haddock of Da Vinci's Demons Season 2

Florence was in chaos when we concluded Season 1 of Da Vinci’s Demons, and Lucrezia Donati (Laura Haddock), the beautiful lover to Da Vinci (Tom Riley) and mistress to Lorenzo (Elliot Cowan), was outed as a spy. Season 2 of Da Vinci’s Demons (which returns to Starz Saturday, March 22 at 9pm ET/PT) digs deeper into Lucrezia’s true motives through flashbacks that take us back 10 years. “She was this young, hopeful, naive, excited girl ready to take on the world,” Haddock explains. “But then this thing happened … and it changed her forever. She’s avenging what happened to her … Continue reading

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