Ryan Murphy believes television can change the world. So, with the three shows he has on the air now (Glee, American Horror Story, The New Normal), Murphy is working to change people’s perceptions about the status quo.
At the PaleyFest in Beverly Hills, television fans can gather to celebrate some of the best shows over the past year. On Wednesday, the cast and creative team behind The New Normal gathered at the Saban Theater to discuss why the show means so much to modern audiences.
“People feel that they know gay couples more than ever,” Murphy said, citing shows like The New Normal and Modern Family. “If you know someone and you know what their struggle is, you’re less likely to have prejudice against them. [Gay rights] is the biggest civil rights movement of our time and the reason we’ve had the quick leap forward is because of television.”
Murphy admitted that the show is loosely based on his own experience adopting a baby via surrogate with his partner, David. Along with co-creator, Ali Adler, the two worked to create a show that would encompass “all our ‘new normals’,” Adler said. “We wanted to address what’s happening now.” Read more
The PayleyFest is like walking into a fans dream. The cast’s of your favorite TV show all in one place talking about their shows, answering questions and basically having a great time.
The Walking Dead panel was exactly that.
If you like (or love, like me) the show then you definitely should watch the video below. The entire cast – current and uh, dead (or un-dead) – were in attendance and they get into talking about their characters, what they hope happens in the future storylines and tons more. It’s an hour and a half long but worth it if you’re a fan.
Check it out below! Read more
It’s almost impossible to recall a time when there wasn’t television channels that numbered into the thousands, but for many people who grew up with cable television the idea of having less than a dozen channels is a concept as foreign as a rotary phone.
But that generation will probably also recall that early stabs at internet video were shaky. Slower internet speeds made video quality and resolution size major issues. But now that a huge number of homes have cable modems or faster connections — many of which are provided by the television cable companies themselves alongside cable TV service — streaming digital quality have made those problems a distant memory.
So now that the internet can easily be used to stream movies and episodes of television series, many companies are skipping the middleman of television and going directly online with their content. These not only benefit the consumer — more choices! — but also actors and creators — more work! Read more
Alex Karpovsky is one of those lucky actors who rarely has to audition for anything. He was friends with before landing his role on her hit HBO series, Girls. The only part he’s ever tried out for is in the upcoming Coen brothers’ movie, Inside Llewyn Davis.
“It’s the only role I’ve ever gotten in my life through audition,” Karpovsky said in an interview with The Los Angeles Times. “Everything else has been, friends have asked me to be in their movies.”
Karpovsky maintains that his character, Ray, on Girls wasn’t based on him. “We were friends at that point, we’d worked together in [Dunham’s breakout film] Tiny Furniture,” he said. “I think they needed someone to be the agitator of the group, and she felt like I could do that.”
The actor is also an independent filmmaker, who has two upcoming movies called Red Flag and Rubberneck. But it’s his role as Ray that’s gotten him the most attention. Read more
Jeff Daniels is somewhat enamored with his boss, creator/writer/executive producer Aaron Sorkin. The two are working together on HBO’s series, The Newsroom, where Daniels is able to recreate some of Sorkin’s best monologues.
“The beauty of his writing is that he writes for actors,” Daniels said during a panel session at PaleyFest. “He writes scenes that you get to play and get your teeth into. We’ve all gotten those scenes and those speeches. That’s unusual in movies, television or on Broadway. It’s to be cherished. It really is.”
Although the show’s first season received some criticism, Daniels (who plays head news anchor Will McAvoy) is happy with how the show is progressing. “I don’t watch dailies. I don’t pretend not to read reviews, I just don’t. I wait for it to come on the air, just like everybody else,” he said, as reported by Collider.com. “I learned a long time ago that the show you’re going to see isn’t the one you have in your head. As soon as you understand that, you’re going to enjoy it a lot more.” Read more
Mike White began his love of entertainment at an early age. Now he’s using his passion as the co-creator and writer of HBO’s Enlightened.
White talked about his initial inspirations to NPR, saying, “My second-grade teacher was [playwright] Sam Shepard’s mother. I really loved her, and she was this cool teacher…and [Shephard] had written that play Buried Child. And I was maybe 8 years old or something, and I wanted her to love me. And so I…had Buried Child, and of course I didn’t understand it really, but I remember walking around with it and looking at the way the words were laid out on the page, and I think that was when I first started writing little dialogue between characters.” Read more
Shiri Appleby was planning on leaving acting behind for a little bit while she got more involved behind the camera. In an effort to learn more about directing, Appleby was planning on shadowing director Jesse Peretz, who works on HBO’s Girls. Instead, she landed a part on the show, playing a love interest for the character of Adam Sackler (Adam Driver).
“I came out to New York to shadow Jesse Peretz, who actually directed [Sunday’s] episode,” she said in an interview with Vulture. “And I’m friendly with Jenni Konner [executive producer]—she set it up for me. Then when I was out there shadowing, they asked me if I would do the show.” Read more
Boondock Saints star Norman Reedus plays Daryl Dixon, one of the many always-expendable human characters on smash zombie hit The Walking Dead. But according to Reedus in a panel discussion about the show at Paleyfest, in some ways the actors and the writers are just as expendable as the on-screen characters.
Reedus admitted that he’s aware that if those in charge don’t think an actor is doing his or her best work that actor could just become a meal for a zombie and be gone. He pointed out, “You see series and they last a long time and sometimes the writing gets lazy or the acting gets lazy. Because we’re in a zombie apocalypse and anyone can go at any time, it sort of keeps us fresh and on our toes.” Read more
Matthew Rhys has a lot to tackle (literally) as covert KGB agent Philip Jennings on FX’s new hit drama, The Americans. However, despite being a little worried about taking on the part, Rhys is winning rave reviews for his portrayal.
“I’m always terrified to play a new part anyway…It’s always a concern of the danger that you’re going to try too hard in being tough and that never comes across as tough,” he said in an interview with The Huffington Post. “I was lucky that I had done a little bit of training prior to getting the job so I had a little bit of a head start on the martial arts, but I was concerned, definitely.”
In fact, there have been a few times when shooting has gone wrong. “There’s been a number of fights that I’ve messed up,” Rhys admitted. “My ego really takes the bashing there. But they’ve gone relatively well.” Read more
Max Greenfield, who plays king of the slimeballs Schmidt on FOX’s New Girl, is not at all worried about typecasting.
“I don’t think anybody was ever gonna put me in like Winter’s Bone anyway,” he said in an interview with The Poughkeepsie Journal. “You know what I mean? I don’t think like if they were making a very dramatic, serious movie, they were gonna think, ‘You know, I really like Max Greenfield, but Schmidt is just…it’s too much of a THING to put him in that movie.
“I don’t think they’re trying to put me in Saving Private Ryan. ‘We’re looking for Ryan.’ [Pauses.] Is that Schmidt?’ I’m fine. I’m getting to do everything I want to do on this show.”
Initially, when the show premiered in 2011, Greenfield was concerned about alienating viewers with his portrayal of Schmidt (who literally has to make contributions to a ‘Douche Jar’ whenever he says something inappropriate.) Read more