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Meet 'Strike Back's' Hard Working Producer Michael J. Bassett

7/31/2015 12:01pm EDT
Michael J. Bassett: Meet 'Strike Back's' Master Of Action
On Cinemax's Strike Back, everyone knows that Michael Stonebridge and Damien Scott are the dynamic duo who save the world. But you might not be able to name the third man who is the master behind the scenes: series co-executive producer, director and writer Michael J. Bassett. While the characters are being heroes on-screen, he's doing the heavy lifting off it.

We spoke with Michael earlier this month to discuss the development of Strike Back's final season, which premieres tonight, as well as talk about what it was like for him to let go of the series that he helped shape into one of the ...
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Get To Know 'Euros Of Hollywood' Star Bleona

7/30/2015 2:01pm EDT
Bleona
Albanian native Bleona Qereti has been dubbed the "Madonna" of her native country, having sold more than 1.5 million records worldwide with eight albums to her name. The singer made her U.S. debut on Bravo's Euros of Hollywood, which follows the lives of several successful Europeans living in Los Angeles. I recently caught up with the star to learn more about her international music career, The X Factor experience, and how she finally got Timbaland to work with her.

How did you get your start in music?

I started sort of accidentally at the young age of three, when I was “forced” to sing a...
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'Major Crimes' Has A Major Guest Star This Week

7/27/2015 12:09pm EDT
Alan Ruck Drops Into TNT's 'Major Crimes'
TNT's Major Crimes has a major guest star this week: Alan Ruck (The Whispers), who drops into the police department as a potentially corrupt FBI agent that Captain Raydor and her team are forced to collaborate with. Needless to say, a good time will not be had by all.

Starpulse connected with Alan on Friday to preview his less than pleasant character and talk about how much fun it is to play the guy that people don't have to like. "It's a blast," he laughed. "Maybe it's just because I'm getting older now, [but] I'm getting to play more jerks and creeps."

Indeed, there are no nice words to...
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Nicki Clyne Looks Back On Her 'Battlestar Galactica' Years

7/25/2015 12:01pm EDT
Nicki Clyne Looks Back On Her 'Battlestar Galactica' Years
Next week, the Battlestar Galactica community will be coming together for Galacticon, a celebration of one of TV's most memorable sci-fi franchises. That includes actress Nicki Clyne, who played the fan favorite role of Cally in the 2004 edition of BSG, and who joined Starpulse recently to look back on her Battlestar experience.

"Having so many of the BSG gang together at GalactiCon is definitely the most exciting thing for me; it’s basically a family reunion for us," Nicki told us. "No matter that we live in different places or have moved on to other endeavors, we share something truly sp...
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Philip Winchester Prepares For His Last 'Strike Back' Mission

7/24/2015 12:02pm EDT
'Strike Back's' Philip Winchester: Number One With A Bullet
Philip Winchester just spent four seasons saving the world; now he's on his way to conquering it. Next week, the most underrated actor on television returns for his final mission as Sergeant Michael Stonebridge in Cinemax's top-notch action thriller Strike Back, before becoming Las Vegas's most likely hero in NBC's The Player. How difficult was saying goodbye to Stonebridge? And does he feel like this is the turning point for a career that's been quietly exemplary for so long? We connected with him during the upfronts to talk about Section 20's last stand.

Strike Back has been Philip's pla...
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CW Brings Back Second Helping Of Magic

7/23/2015 12:04pm EDT
Michael Grandinetti Brings Twice The Magic To TV This Summer
Michael Grandinetti was so good at astounding TV audiences last summer, he thought he'd do it again - this time on two shows! He's back as one of the featured performers on The CW's Masters of Illusion, while also starring in Pop TV's late-night magic series Don't Blink. Starpulse caught up with Michael recently to discuss his busy and mind-bending summer.

Did he know that he was going to be in two programs simultaneously? "It just kind of played out that way. I knew they were both going to be summer shows," laughed Michael, who will be featured in episodes of each series into August, doin...
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'Suits' Woman In Charge Weighs In On Season 5

7/22/2015 12:05pm EDT
'Suits': Gina Torres Discusses Jessica's Course In Season 5
There might be drama in the firm again on Suits, but that doesn't mean Jessica Pearson is going to take it. Starpulse spoke to the woman in charge herself, Gina Torres, to get some insight into Jessica's thoughts on the new season in the last of our interviews from the show's Toronto set.

While we left the show having gotten another look into Jessica's personal life, Gina doesn't think there's much room for that with all that's going on in season five. "I think Jessica's role on the show is quite specific," she said, "and it seems to me that audiences rely on her to be Big Mama, to hold it...
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'MasterChef' Sara Zacek Played To Win

7/21/2015 2:08pm EDT
Sara Zacek After Her 'MasterChef' Elimination
Sara Zacek was sent packing from the MasterChef kitchen last week, dashing the 29-year-old Wisconsinite's dream of becoming America's top home cook. But Starpulse caught up with Sara after her elimination to get her post-show perspective on her MasterChef experience.

"I want the TV audience to know that I am not a silent cast member. I had so much to say about every challenge. I have a story like everyone else does, and I was playing to win," she told us.

But like her colleagues, she's taken away much more than the results. "The biggest thing I have learned is that cooking is super fun an...
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Does CBS's 'Supergirl' Have What It Takes To Succeed?

7/21/2015 12:07pm EDT
Supergirl
CBS's Supergirl is the most talked-about new series of the fall, and Starpulse had the opportunity to learn more about it during San Diego Comic-Con. We spoke to executive producer Greg Berlanti, as well as supporting actors Mehcad Brooks and Jeremy Jordan, to find out what's so super about the latest DC Universe show to hit the airwaves.

Given their successes with Arrow and The Flash, are the producers bringing anything from those series to Supergirl? "We try and make every one different from the other ones," explained Greg. "Obviously, you learn a lot of things. You learn structurally, y...
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Frank Spotnitz Talks Amazon Original Series 'The Man In The High Castle'

7/20/2015 12:05pm EDT
How Does 'The Man In The High Castle's' Frank Spotnitz Succeed?
Frank Spotnitz's resume reads like a TV lover's dream: shows like The X-Files, Strike Back, Hunted and Transporter: The Series. His latest, Amazon's original series The Man in the High Castle, is one of the best literary adaptations ever to hit the small screen. We sat down with Frank at last week's San Diego Comic-Con to discuss how he's putting together High Castle's first season, and how he is one of the best writer-producers in the business.

"The response was much more than I expected. The response was so positive and it seemed to strike a chord with people," he said of the High Castle...
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