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2017: Random Roles Revisited

I’ve tried to make it an annual late-December tradition to offer up a look back at the Random Roles interviews I’ve conducted during the course of the past year. I look at it as both an opportunity to remind you of … Continue reading

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The Trouble With Normal – NAKED!

Brace yourself: this could be the most ridiculous piece I’ve ever posted. When I did my Random Roles with Jim Beaver earlier this year, we talked about The Trouble With Normal, the short-lived sitcom he did with Jon Cryer, Paget … Continue reading

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I understand you have a clip…

Earlier today, I taught a class at The Muse Writers Center in Norfolk, VA. It was called “The Art of the Interview,” and while I don’t want to oversell it by any means, I do think that I provided a … Continue reading

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How Lester – With A Little Help From Willie Tyler – Helped Save David Letterman’s Career

How’s that for a grabber of a headline? Okay, so let’s start with the back story: while I was compiling an oral history of Battle of the Network Stars – which, hand to heart, you’ll see on the A.V. Club … Continue reading

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Here’s What You Can [Arguably] Look Forward To Seeing This Fall On ABC

THE GOOD DOCTOR (Mon., 10 p.m.) Shaun Murphy (Freddie Highmore, “Bates Motel”), a young surgeon with autism and savant syndrome, relocates from a quiet country life to join a prestigious hospital’s surgical unit. Alone in the world and unable to … Continue reading

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Sam Elliott Probably Still Isn’t Amused By His Evel Knievel Pilot Being On YouTube

When Sam Elliott made his first appearance on NBC’s Parks and Recreation as Ron Swanson’s doppelganger from Pawnee’s neighboring town of Eagleton, he was kind enough to hop on the phone with me to do a Random Roles interview for the AV … Continue reading

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Obscurity Knocks: Episode 7 – John Heard

Yes, it’s been ages since we last posted an episode – we discuss our absence a bit in a very special intro that’s all apologies – but we’re back with an episode that was actually reocrded a year ago today. … Continue reading

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Rickles Recollects | Recollections of Rickles

When I heard the news that Don Rickles had died, the first thought that entered my mind was this: “Well, I guess I can finally post my interview.” If you follow me on social media, then it probably won’t be … Continue reading

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Bill Paxton’s part in Barnes and Barnes’s “Fish Heads”

When I talked to Billy Mumy in 2015 in conjunction with the Blu-ray release of Lost in Space: The Complete Series, the topic of conversation was squarely on the show, as well it should’ve been, given that that’s why we’d gotten … Continue reading

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2016: Random Roles Revisited, Pt. 2

Here we go: it’s time for part two of my look back at the Random Roles interviews I’ve done over the course of 2016! I can’t say I’m not disappointed that this is part two of two, especially when there … Continue reading

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