(*Disclosure-I was invited to an all-expense paid trip to Los Angeles, courtesy of Disney, to attend the #WrinkleInTimeEvent & #ABCTVEvent in exchange for my coverage. No other compensation was provided. All views shared are completely my own.)
I am beyond excited that on February 24th, I will be traveling to Los Angeles for the opportunity of a lifetime! I will be walking the red carpet for the premiere of A Wrinkle In Time. Not only will I be walking the red carpet, but I will have the chance to interview some of the celebrities that star in the movie as well. I get goosebumps just thinking about the fact that I will be asking Oprah, two-time Academy Award winner, about her role as “Mrs. Which”, I will also be interviewing Oscar winner Reese Witherspoon as “Mrs. Whatsit”, Emmy® nominee Mindy Kaling as “Mrs. Who”, Storm Reid as “Meg Murry”, Gugu Mbatha-Raw as “Dr. Kate Murry”, Rowan Blanchard as “Veronica”, Levi Miller as “Calvin”, Deric McCabe as “Charles Murry”, and Screenwriter Jennifer Lee who also is the Director of Frozen.
The film is directed by Ava DuVernay, and I am so excited we also get to interview her! Ava also directed the films “Selma”, “Queen Sugar” and “13th”. She is a brilliant director who directed her first film with a budget of only $50,000 and made an amazing film called “I Will Follow”. To learn more about Ava and her other films, visit http://www.avaduvernay.com/
If you are not familiar with A Wrinkle In Time, it was originally a book written by Madeleine L’Engle. The book was originally published in the 1960’s. I am sure Madeleine had some backlash back then since the main protagonist was a female. What I love about A Wrinkle In Time is that it is a story of courage and of never giving up. It is a message that a lot of girls and women need in this day and age – a reason to become a warrior.
Meg Murry is a typical middle school student struggling with issues of self-worth who just wants to fit in. The daughter of two world-renowned physicists, she is intelligent and uniquely gifted, as is Meg’s younger brother, Charles Wallace, but she has yet to realize it for herself. Complicating matters is the mysterious disappearance of Mr. Murry, which has left Meg devastated and her mother broken-hearted. Charles Wallace introduces Meg and her fellow classmate Calvin to three celestial beings (Mrs. Which, Mrs. Whatsit and Mrs. Who) who have journeyed to Earth to help search for their father, and together they embark on their formidable quest. Travelling via a wrinkling of time and space known as “tessering”, they are transported to worlds beyond their imagination where they must confront a powerful evil force. To make it back home to Earth, Meg must face the darkness within herself in order to harness the strength necessary to defeat the darkness rapidly enveloping the Universe.
During my visit to LA I will also be visiting ABC Studios. We will be discussing the last season of Scandal and I will have the opportunity to interview Bellamy Young. Bellamy portrays “Mellie Grant”, the president of the United States, in the series. If you have not started watching Scandal and like “How to Get Away with Murder”, I suggest watching Season 7. You might be in for a surprise!
The seventh and monumental final season of “Scandal” will return with a brand new White House administration that includes Mellie Grant (Bellamy Young) as the first female president of the United States, Cyrus Beane (Jeff Perry) as the vice president, and Olivia Pope as Mellie’s chief of staff. Olivia also doubles as the head of the newly reinstated top secret government agency B6-13, with Jake Ballard (Scott Foley) working by her side. Expectant mother Quinn Perkins (Katie Lowes) is now head of the newly inherited crisis management firm QPA (Quinn Perkins and Associates), with Abby Whelan (Darby Stanchfield) as her right-hand woman, and Huck (Guillermo Diaz) and Charlie (George Newbern) as her dedicated gladiators. Meanwhile, former POTUS Fitzgerald Grant III (Tony Goldwyn) is focused on maintaining his legacy by building his library and foundation with the help of Marcus Walker (Cornelius Smith Jr.). And although Rowan Pope’s (Joe Morton) role reversal with Olivia initially proves to be a struggle, he always has something up his sleeve. David Rosen (Josh Malina) remains the attorney general of the United States.
“Scandal” stars Kerry Washington as Olivia Pope, Guillermo Diaz as Huck, Darby Stanchfield as Abby Whelan, Katie Lowes as Quinn Perkins, Tony Goldwyn as President Fitzgerald Grant, Jeff Perry as Cyrus Beene, Joshua Malina as David Rosen, Bellamy Young as President Mellie Grant, Scott Foley as Jake Ballard, Joe Morton as Rowan Pope, Cornelius Smith Jr. as Marcus Walker and George Newbern as Charlie.
The series is created by Shonda Rhimes (“Grey’s Anatomy,” “How to Get Away with Murder”). Shonda Rhimes, Betsy Beers (“Grey’s Anatomy,” “How to Get Away with Murder”) and Mark Fish are executive producers. “Scandal” is produced by ABC Studios.
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While I am at ABC Studios, I will also have the opportunity to preview four new shows that are coming to ABC this Spring:
Based on Alex Blumberg’s successful podcast “StartUp,” comedy series Alex, Inc. is all about the things that happen – the good, the bad and the ugly – when a journalist and family man quits his job to start his own company. He quickly discovers it’s going to be a lot harder than he thought.
Alex Schuman (Zach Braff) is a successful radio producer with a whip-smart, public defender wife, Arunima (aka “Rooni”) (Tiya Sircar) and two confident, quirky children, Ben (Elisha Henig) and Soraya (Audyssie James). After years of making the kind of content that brings no creative fulfillment, in what most would consider an early mid-life crisis, Alex decides to risk everything – including his savings – to start his own business. Armed only with the help of his overenthusiastic producer, Deirdre (Hillary Anne Matthews), and his fast-talking, unemployed second cousin, Eddie (Michael Imperioli), Alex navigates the crazy world of start-ups while trying to keep his marriage and family a priority.
I will have the opportunity to interview Zach Braff, Matt Tarses, and Tiya Sircar. Matt Tarses is executive producer and writer. In addition to his role in front of the camera, Zach Braff is executive producer and director. John Davis and John Fox are executive producers from Davis Entertainment, as are Alex Blumberg, Chris Gilberti and Matt Lieber (Gimlet Media) in association with Sony Pictures Television and ABC Studios.
Alex, Inc. Premieres Wednesday, March 28 at 8:30|7:30c on ABC!
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Splitting Up Together
If you watch ABC then you have seen previews of “Splitting Up Together”. I will be previewing the first three episodes of the show and interviewing Oliver Hudson (“Martin”) and Lindsay Price (“Camille”) and Executive Producer/Showrunner Emily Kapnek (“Suburgatory,” “Selfie”).
Based on the Danish series, “Splitting Up Together” is the story of a couple (Jenna Fischer, “The Office,” and Oliver Hudson, “Scream Queens”) whose marriage is reignited by their divorce.
I get to screen the first THREE episodes of ABC’s new comedy, SPLITTING UP TOGETHER, and get to interview cast members OLIVER HUDSON (“Martin”) and LINDSAY PRICE (“Camille”) and Executive Producer/Showrunner EMILY KAPNEK (“Suburgatory,” “Selfie”).
Emily Kapnek writes and serves as executive producer of this new comedy, along with Ellen DeGeneres. The series stars Jenna Fischer as Lena, Oliver Hudson as Martin, Bobby Lee as Arthur, Diane Farr as Maya, Lindsay Price as Camille, Olivia Keville as Mae, Van Crosby as Mason and Sander Thomas as Milo.
Jeff Kleeman, Mette Heeno, Mie Andreasen and Hella Joof are also executive producers of Splitting Up Together, which is based on the original series created by Heeno. It is produced by A Very Good Production and Piece of Pie Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television. Dean Holland directed the pilot.
Splitting Up Together. Premieres Tuesday, March 27 at 9:30|8:30c on ABC!
I will be previewing ABC’s new show Deception, and interviewing Creator and Executive Producer Chris Fedak & Co-Producer David Kwong, who also happens to be a magician!
When his career is ruined by scandal, superstar magician Cameron Black has only one place to turn to practice his art of deception, influence and illusion – the FBI. Using every trick in the book and inventing new ones, he will help the government catch the world’s most elusive criminals while staging the biggest illusions of his career. The series is from writer/executive producer Chris Fedak (“Chuck”) and executive producers Greg Berlanti, Martin Gero and Sarah Schechter. Illusionist David Kwong (“Now You See Me”) will co-produce.
“Deception” stars Jack Cutmore-Scott as Cameron Black, Ilfenesh Hadera as Kay Daniels, Lenora Crichlow as Dina Clark, Amaury Nolasco as Mike Alvarez, Justin Chon as Jordan Kwon, Laila Robins as FBI Agent Deakins and Vinnie Jones as Gunter Gustafsen.
The series is from Berlanti Productions and Quinn’s House in association with Warner Bros. Television. “Deception” is directed by David Nutter, who is also executive producer.
Deception premieres on Sunday, March 11, right after the premiere of American Idol on ABC!
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FOR THE PEOPLE
I will get to preview the series premiere of “For The People” (one of our newest Shondaland shows), followed by a Q&A and photo opportunity with stars Jasmin Savoy Brown (“Allison Adams”), Susannah Flood (“Kate Littlejohn”) and Wesam Keesh (“Jay Simmons”).
Set in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York (a.k.a. “The Mother Court”), the new Shondaland series show follows six talented young lawyers working on opposite sides of the law and handling the most high-profile and high-stakes federal cases in the country.
Best friends Sandra Bell (Britt Robertson) and Allison Adams (Jasmin Savoy Brown) serve as public defenders alongside Jay Simmons (Wesam Keesh) and their boss, Federal Public Defender Jill Carlan (Hope Davis). They face off against prosecutors Seth Oliver (Ben Rappaport), Leonard Knox (Regé-Jean Page), Kate Littlejohn (Susannah Flood) and their supervisor, chief of the Criminal Division in the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Roger Gunn (Ben Shenkman). Our lawyers are joined by Judge Nicholas Byrne (Vondie Curtis-Hall), who rules on some of the court’s most controversial cases, and Tina Krissman (Anna Deavere Smith), the formidable clerk of Court who keeps everyone in line.
These young lawyers will be put to the test both personally and professionally as their lives intersect in and out of America’s most prestigious trial court.
“For The People” stars Britt Robertson as Sandra Bell, Jasmin Savoy Brown as Allison Adams, Ben Rappaport as Seth Oliver, Susannah Flood as Kate Littlejohn, Wesam Keesh as Jay Simmons, Regé-Jean Page as Leonard Knox, Ben Shenkman as Roger Gunn, Hope Davis as Jill Carlan, Vondie Curtis-Hall as Judge Nicholas Byrne and Anna Deavere Smith as Tina Krissman.
The series from ABC Studios is created by Shondaland’s Paul William Davies, who executive produces alongside Shonda Rhimes, Betsy Beers and Tom Verica.
FOR THE PEOPLE (series premiere Tuesday, March 13 at 10|9c)
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