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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“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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Dawn Ricci and Tony DeLorenzo trap online scammers in TLC special Web of Deceit

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In 2007, fortysomething single mom Sandy was battling the isolation and depression that stemmed from her recent divorce and the lingering effects of a car crash when she logged on to a poker web site and met handsome Texan “Keith.” The two began chatting regularly, first online and then over the phone, where their friendship quickly blossomed into the kind of Cinderella story lonely Sandy longed for. There was just one problem. After six years of only speaking to her love online and on the phone — and sending him tens of thousands of dollars to help him through what … Continue reading

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Alan Thicke on his new reality/sitcom hybrid “Unusually Thicke”

Alan Thicke Unusually Thicke on TV Guide Network

Alan Thicke likes to keep busy. And he has come up with lots of ways to do that, including his latest venture — a 14-episode reality/sitcom series titled Unusually Thicke, airing on TV Guide Network Wednesdays beginning April 16 at 10pm ET. “I describe it as a ‘productive insecurity,’” the 67-year-old native of Kirkland Lake, Ont., jokes over the telephone from his ranch in Santa Barbara, Calif. “You don’t wait for the phone to ring. You have to be proactive and you go out and try to create things. “My background was as a writer. That was the first thing … Continue reading

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Interview: Detective Summer Benton of TLC’s Women of Homicide

Women of Homicide Summer Benton

If you’ve ever watched a scripted cop drama and thought to yourself, ‘Lady detectives don’t really look like that!’ Atlanta Police Department homicide detective Summer Benton could be the comely cop to change your mind. But don’t the perfectly made-up face, flowing auburn hair and soft southern drawl fool you. Like Cincinnati detectives Jenny Luke and Jennifer Mitsch, her costars on TLC’s new true-crime series Women of Homicide, Benton has the tenacity and track record to strike fear into the cold hearts of the murderers she’s hunting down. As the series notes, just 15 percent of the nation’s homicide detectives … Continue reading

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TV/Movie Classics: Olivia Newton-John in Vegas with “Summer Nights” show

Olivia Newton-John takes up residency in Vegas

Beloved “Grease” star Olivia Newton-John takes up residency at Las Vegas’ Flamingo with “Summer Nights” show. When Australian-born Olivia Newton-John first embarked on a career in entertainment, she never could have guessed that she’d become someone we’d grow up with, hold onto, and pass along to our children. Yet, her timeless portrayal of Sandy in Grease and her catalog of singable (and danceable) hits have made her a permanent fixture in pop culture. She’s acted and sang with the best, she’s won her battles against breast cancer, she’s reinvented herself, and, through it all, she’s done more than survive… she’s … Continue reading

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Interview: John “Trapper” Tice of “Mountain Monsters”

Interview: John "Trapper" Tice of "Mountain Monsters"

“I believe this season we’ll be more ourselves,” John “Trapper” Tice says about Season 2 of Mountain Monsters, which begins April 4 on Destination America. “The first shows of the first season, of course we were a little nervous about that. We’re just old country boys. … [In Season 2] we were way more comfortable, so that made the hunts go a lot better, and we got into it better.” The 14 episodes comprising Mountain Monsters Season 2 follow more adventures of the Appalachian Investigators of Mysterious Sightings (AIMS) in their quest to investigate, gain evidence of and possibly capture … Continue reading

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Food Network star-mentors seek out America’s Best Cook

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Few of us would argue that there’s anything quite as satisfying as a great home-cooked meal. Food Network hopes that watching talented home cooks hone their skills at the hands of famous mentors will come close. This month, the network introduces America’s Best Cook, a six-episode competition that features past and current Iron Chefs Alex Guarnaschelli (Team East), Michael Symon (Team North) and Cat Cora (Team South), plus The Great Food Truck Race’s Tyler Florence (Team West), coaching teams of amateur kitchen whizzes chosen from across America to see who can serve up the country’s best home cook. • RELATED: … Continue reading

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Fargo TV series captures flavor of Coen Brothers film

Billy Bob Thorton in FX's new Fargo TV series

First, let’s explain what the new Fargo TV series on FX is not. It’s not a continuation of the story begun in the 1996 Coen brothers film that has become a cinematic classic. None of the characters are the same, and the setting is different. Nor is it a parody or satire. It can best be described as a riff, mining the same droll Midwestern sensibilities and placing them amid a story that is always intriguing and at times shockingly violent. After seeing the first episode of Fargo — which premieres on FX Tuesday, April 15 at 10pm ET — it’s … Continue reading

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Devious Maids Season 2: Marc Cherry, Susan Lucci and Judy Reyes talk the tidy success Lifetime’s sensational soap

Devious Maids Season 2 channel guide cover

Devious Maids is cleaning up for Lifetime. The deliciously soapy nighttime drama, created by Desperate Housewives scribe Marc Cherry and co-executive produced by Eva Longoria, defied ABC’s rejection and early concerns about racial stereotyping to become the network’s fastest-growing scripted series ever, thanks in large part to a devoted tribe of fans who call themselves the Devious Army. “We understood that we were treading precarious waters doing a show about maids with all Latinas,” says Judy Reyes, who plays controlling mom and maid Zoila Diaz. “But we all knew that it was a moment to seize, because it was something … Continue reading

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