Archive for category drama
How good is Dick Wolf? He can explain the premise of his new NBC drama, Chicago Fire, in under a minute. Without breaking a sweat.
So, this fall ABC is exploring country music in two ways:
- a sitcom starring Reba McEntire and Lily Tomlin, Malibu Country Trailer
- a drama starring Connie Britton, Nashville
Judging by these previews, I have little hope for the sitcom (Tomlin nursing a southern accent annoyed me within 30 seconds). But I am much more hopeful for the drama. Check out the previews yourself and make your own assessment.
I always love seeing sneak previews of the new fall shows. Now thanks to official network YouTube channels, I can share some of the previews, plus their official description. Next: CBS’ Elementary.
“Go behind the scenes of ‘Elementary’ starring Jonny Lee Miller as detective Sherlock Holmes and Lucy Liu as Dr. Joan Watson in a modern-day drama with a crime solving duo that cracks the NYPD’s toughest cases. Watch Thursday Sept 27, 10/9c only CBS!”
Article first published as An Interview with Actress-Producer Camille Mana on Blogcritics.
October is going to be a busy month for actress-producer Camille Mana. First up, she has a supporting role in the feature film Norman, which opens in theatres on October 21. She plays Helen Black, a unique high school classmate who has a crush on Norman (played by Cougar Town‘s Dan Byrd). Secondly, she will appear in actor/playwright Jesse Eisenberg’s new Off-Broadway play Asuncion, which opens October 27 at the historic Cherry Lane Theatre (directed by Kip Fagan and produced by The Rattlestick). To mark the launch of these two latest projects, Mana was kind enough to do an email interview, where we also discuss her plans for new projects allowing her to pursue additional writer-producer opportunities as well as her additional upcoming film releases.
How many pages did you get into Talton Wingate’s script for Norman before you realized you wanted the role of Helen Black?
I’d say that within the first 5 to 10 pages, I knew I would love to be a part of the project. I think you always know within the first 10 pages if you’re attracted to a piece. Just like first impressions in life- you know early on whether or not you’re hooked on something. All good screenplays establish tone and the world of the story in their opening beats. I remember writing my agents, saying I loved the screenplay, because this is exactly the kind of movie that I love to watch!
What a pleasant surprise, I just found out the Burn Notice prequel film, The Fall of Sam Axe, is set to premiere on Sunday, April 17, on USA Network at 9 PM. As much as I enjoy the Burn Notice series, Bruce “Sam Axe” Campbell is likely my favorite character in the show.
Here are two preview clips, courtesy of hulu.
Finally, here’s USA Network’s official description:
“Before Sam Axe teamed up with Michael and Fiona, he was Commander Axe, U.S. Navy SEAL. The Fall of Sam Axe tells the story of how Sam went from respected Naval Commander to the man of mystery we’ve come to know on Burn Notice. On what will turn out to be Sam’s last military mission, he is sent to the jungles of Colombia to investigate claims of a vicious terrorist organization known only as the “Espada Ariente” (Flaming Sword). His mission: to determine whether U.S. military aid is necessary to deal with the threat. But when he arrives, things are more complicated than he’d imagined. He receives word that the rebels have targeted a small civilian clinic deep in the jungle. Sam must now save the clinic’s doctors and patients from certain death. However, nothing is as it seems and the Espada Ardiente may not be the biggest threat Sam Axe faces.”
Thanks to Netflix, awhile back I found out about the British TV series, Waking the Dead, which is aptly described (by Netflix) as “a British version of CSI”. The show stars Trevor Eve, as Detective Superintendent Peter Boyd. My wife and I are fans of Eve’s acting, so I was bummed to realize I missed the most recent installment of Masterpiece Contemporary, starring Eve. Depending on your PBS affiliate, Framed, may be rebroadcast in the next week or so. If not, fortunately you can watch the film (in which “London’s National Gallery stores its entire art collection in a Welsh village mine”) online. Below is the first chapter of the 90-minute show.
Thanks to Ron Hogan for making me aware of this particular Masterpiece Contemporary episode and that it was available online.