Joy Behar keeps busy with her morning talk show The View, but the comedian and television personality is now on her way to hosting a brand new show on Current TV. Behar revealed to media outlets during a press conference Tuesday that she chose the network because it’s a platform where she can talk about anything, including politics. Sure enough, she also revealed dead or alive, who she’d love to interview and why the phenomenon ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ did nothing for her.
“I thought it was kind of a boring book to tell you the truth,” she admitted. “No, because I knew I couldn’t get through it because it was too boring,” she added when asked if it helped her relationship with husband Steve Janowitz. “After the first 40 shades it starts to get tedious.”
Well, perhaps the book did nothing for her, but she is focused on what she’ll bring to the table for viewers in her latest gig. Her first guest will be Al Gore, but she’s also thought about people she would have loved to interview, dead or alive. Her choices? The talented screenwriter Nora Ephron who just passed away in June, Mel Brooks and President Barack Obama.
Here at Ology, we love to get inside the heads of our favorite actors and figure out just what went into making our favorite moments of our favorite shows. It’s a game we like to play called Three Scenes, where the people behind the characters explain–in their own words–the story behind some of their biggest moments on the show. Here, Graceland’s Manny Montana shares his favorite scenes of the freshman series.
Best Table Read
“It would have to be the pilot. It would have to be the pilot episode because in networks they’ll have these table reads and they’ll say its no big deal and it’s just a read through but that’s complete bullshit. [Laughs] I’ve heard stories of people getting replaced after it. You kind of have to bring it!”
“I would say it would have to be either Episode 8 or 9. And without giving away too much I had to go to a place that was kind of hard for me to go because he has a meltdown. He has a meltdown and he’s trying to get people to get along and to show how good we have it. And he just gets into it with literally everybody in the house. And it’s funny because it’s out of love all that anger.”
Most Memorable So Far
“My most favorite scene is Episode 2 I think. We have this beach scene and it was the first time we were all together as a full complete cast. We are on the beach and no bullshit, in the morning there were rewrites and they give it to me like, ‘Here, we are going to do this tonight.’ And I’m like, ‘Shit!’ The scene is at a beach in beautiful Florida…it’s my favorite because of the visual part of it but also because we are all together for the first time.”
If you’ve been waiting not so patiently for the premiere of Graceland, then you aren’t alone! The brand new USA Network series is finally airing tonight after being held back for a year. What should be considered the grittiest series from the network so far, the new drama gives a glimpse into the life of top agents of the DEA, FBI, and Customs going undercover on a beachfront in Southern California. Unofficially known as Graceland, the secrets and lies that surround the city are nothing compared to what lies within the house itself.
Starring Aaron Tveit as Mike Warren portraying the fresh face cop and Daniel Sunjata as his superior, we recently chatted with Manny Montana who rounds out the cast of characters as the comedic relief (for now).
The twists and turns may catch your attention from the start, but the huge shocker in the very last scene of the pilot will make you realize that there’s a lot more to Graceland than you first anticipated.
Finally, this show is premiering! The show has been holding off for a year.
MANNY MONTANA: That’s so funny that you asked about that because I talking about that last night. It’s been like a year long process of waiting. We did the pilot in March, right up to a year now. There’s been a lot of anticipation because you know when you do something that you’re really proud of you want people to respond to it and you want to see if you are going to go for another season. So it’s been a little hectic but with all the promotion it’s been a lot of fun.
Graceland is a real place. Is there anything else about the series that is based off reality?
Only the house name is the true story. It actually housed agents there from like 1993 up to 2003, or something like that. So in that sense its true. It’s a real surprise on why it didn’t work out. There was so much drama in the house. So much of it is just so far-fetched.
Your character Johnny seems like the comic relief, but like everyone else, it definitely seems like he has his own secrets.
Johnny in the pilot—he comes off as kind of the relief and he goes out and helps with the chasings, but honestly he’s so much more than that. He’s the heart of the house. He wants everyone to get along. In Episode 3 or 4 he goes undercover and he starts getting into people’s drama with like Charlie and Mike. With the more people lying to him he starts getting into it with them. Its like a brother and sister fight. You’re going to fight and argue and say a lot of mean things but at the end of the day you love each other.
There are so many twists and turns just from watching the pilot. How will the biggest secret revealed at the last scene of the episode translate throughout the season?
Every episode it just changes! [Laughs] We get new scripts and we’ll be like, ‘Are you f-cking serious?’ It made us even prouder of the show though because everyone who’s seen the pilot or people [in the media] who have seen a couple of episodes are asking for the twists and turns as well. And we keep telling them you have no idea. It doesn’t even start twisting and turning until after 5 or 6. It just gets way deeper. It’s so dramatic. No other disrespect to other cop shows out there but come on. Everything is wrapped up at the end of the day and there’s always this elaborate crime in 30 minutes. Our show is much more serialized. You have to watch like Episode 2 to see what happens in Episode 5 or 6.
That’s when you know you may just have a hit. When even the cast is shocked during the table reads.
We have this text party line with the whole cast. [Laughs] We are always texting each other just so everyone knows what’s going on. First off, we just love each other. We are always texting each other like, ‘Did you see what happened in this?’ ‘Yeah, did you see what your character is doing?’ It’s just fun.
Southland didn’t get picked up for another season, and that means that Ben McKenzie’s face won’t be on our television now each week. But yes, even more important, one of the best police dramas to ever hit the small screen has now ended. Unless, of course, the cast all get the funds to get a kickstarter reunion going. Come on, fans! McKenzie, Shawn Hatosy, Regina King, and C. Howell Thomas are all in if you are.
“I would be onboard, I mean definitely,” King said at the Peabody Awards in New York City on May 20. “I think the reasoning for me is this experience has been like no other. I’ve been an actor for over 25 years and I’ve never had an experience where actors are so equally committed. No one is in this because they are trying to be a star or anything like that. We truly love the work. We truly love the camaraderie that the entire crew has. And we all know that leaving this—we are probably not going to have a work environment like this again.”
“We were talking about even before we were cancelled because the whole Veronica Mars thing happened,” Hatosy added. “If we earned the money, I think we are all on board.” McKenzie had no hesitation either. Laughing, “If you want to tell the fans, tell them to write in. We’d love to do it.”
As seen previously, Southland has come back before. After just one season on NBC, TNT picked it up for four more. “Honestly, when we got cancelled from NBC and we got brought back by TNT that table read–” “That was probably the best,” McKenzie added. “It felt like we climbed the mountain,” Howell joined in.
Come on fans. Let’s climb another mountain.
Who knew that we would actually miss crying every week? Parenthood’s fourth season has come to a close, but thankfully the Braverman’s can pick up where they left off (with some dancing, we hope!) when its fifth season returns to NBC this fall. Max Burkholder has done a remarkable job portraying the son of Adam and Kristina who struggles with Asberger’s, and I recently chatted with the 15-year-old actor about the series that he’s basically grown up on. From favorite scenes to the most challenging, Max helped get us even more excited for the critically acclaimed series to return. He also totally agrees that stocking up on tissues is a must!
What was it like hearing about the Parenthood pickup? Did the cast celebrate?
MAX BURKHOLDER: We didn’t really get together. We all saw each other at the Television Academy Honors a week or two ago so that was where we really met and celebrated. Other than that, no I think we all just celebrated individually.
What’s it been like to start off so young and basically grow up on the show?
I think the main thing is that it’s gotten easier to play the character because in the beginning I didn’t know what I was getting into. Now I sort of found my groove I would say.
Was your character originally named Max?
It was Max already! That’s actually happened to me quite a bit—about seven or eight times. Actually once I did go in and the characters name wasn’t Max but the man who was playing my dad kept calling me Max during the scene so they eventually the director just said to change the name to Max.
What’s been your favorite scene so far playing Max?
That’s a tough one. I’d say all the scenes that I get to work with the animals. That’s a lot of fun for me. It’s not too difficult because they bring in wranglers but I love it.
There are a lot of emotional scenes in the show. What has been the most challenging for you?
The most challenging I’d say all of the scenes—like literally all of the scenes where Max has to betray something that is specific to someone with Asberger’s. Because I know I have to get it perfect or I will be misrepresenting the community.
Did you research ahead of time for such a role?
Yeah, I have done a lot of research and I just took everything from the Asberger’s community into account with what I was doing while I was developing Max as a character. I was sort of figuring out who he was.
What scene made you laugh the most? That showering scene, for example, was absolutely hilarious.
Yeah, I was going to say! That was pretty fun to shoot. [Laughs] It took a few shots because Peter [Krause], who was directing at the time, wanted to get my feet exactly right as I was walking out. He wanted to get it in the frame perfectly.
What’s been your favorite table read?
We don’t have table reads actually.
That’s interesting! Is it because for the most part all of you just concentrate more on your individual family scenes?
That might be it. I’m not sure why we don’t usually have a table read. I really don’t actually think we’ve had any table reads. And what you said about tears before? In the Parenthood Season 4 DVD set there’s tissues included. We got a set of that at the Television Academy Honors. They gave one out to everyone. It just came with a bag of tissues in the front taped in with some cellophane. And on the front it said something like, ‘We should never be ashamed of our tears.’ [Laughs]
You and the cast must catch on how many tissues fans go through.
Yeah, by the end of every episode there’s at least two hysterical crying moments!
It’s so true!
Its like, ‘Oh my God, what’s going to happen?’
The writer’s know exactly what they’re doing.
You are bracing yourself because you know that’s when it’s going to come!
What did you consider the most emotional?
I think the most emotional was the Kristina cancers scenes because everyone had one. There was Adam watching the video incase she died, there’s Max dancing with her, there was the hospital scene when everyone’s there. There were a lot of emotional scenes surrounded by that story line.
Any Max story lines you would love to see in Season 5?
I mean he doesn’t really branch out much out of his immediate family so I would just like to see him interact with Crosby and Zeek and guess more with Amber. He’s hung out with Drew in the first couple of seasons and I want to see that more.
Maybe a possible girlfriend for Max? Adam and Kristina trying to handle that would be for a good story line.
Southland has ended after five seasons, but the TNT series that will go down in history as one of the best police dramas on television left off with a huge story line that most fans are probably still mulling over. As Ben, Sammy, Dewey, and Lydia wrapped, Cooper’s [Michael Cudlitz] fate was still unknown as the final camera shot showed multiple gunshot wounds to his chest during the “Reckoning” episode. While speaking to the cast recently, they revealed that leaving off on a cliffhanger actually turned out to be quite fitting or such a show.
“In a weird way, ending on a cliffhanger sort of serves of right for not continuing. I’m very pleased with going out that way,” C. Thomas Howell first joked. “For it being tidied up and cleaned up and as if we were going out—there’s something a little too perfect about that that I don’t like. It’s just appropriate the way it worked out.”
“The cop genre is a well traveled road and there are many shows previous to us and probably many shows after us that will do some take on that, but our specific law enforcement in Los Angeles being as realistic and true to the actual lives of patrol officers and detectives—I think it stands up for itself,” co-star Ben McKenzie added. “That’s what we were excited about. Hopefully 5, 10, 20 years from now people can go back and say that show was great. For what it was going for we absolutely were able to do it.”
Though it aired on NBC for one season before moving to TNT, any television show making it to five seasons should easily be considered successful. “We tried to make the best show we possibly could. The fact is that TNT has never had a series go over six seasons. I mean in our ratings we were under compared to the other seasons so we kind of had a sense that it could be the last,” Shawn Hatosy said.
All in agreement, Regina King couldn’t be happier on how far they had come since the pilot. “On a regular network show the seasons are 20 plus episodes. So if you combine all of our seasons together usually within the second or third year of a show is when they really hit their stride and writing is right where its supposed to be and everyone knows the characters better. The actors know their characters better, and that’s kind of where we were when the show ended.”
Here at Ology, we love to get inside the heads of our favorite actors and figure out just what went into making our favorite moments of our favorite shows. It’s a game we like to play called Three Scenes, where the people behind the characters explain–in their own words–the story behind some of their biggest moments on the show. Here, Doctor Who’s Matt Smith, Jenna Coleman, and Executive Producer Steven Moffat share their favorite scenes from the past season.
While getting recognized for their Doctor Who work at the Peabody Awards in New York City Monday, May 20, we caught up with the cast of the BBC series to discuss their favorite moments. It’s since been announced that Smith will be leaving the show after the 50th anniversary airs Saturday, November 23, 2013.
Favorite Scene This Season
JENNA COLEMAN: I think Asylum [of the Daleks] probably for me.
STEVEN MOFFAT: Asylum.
MATT SMITH: Yeah, yeah, yeah—I think Asylum and I think the finale was pretty great. In this season I thought Episode 1 was pretty strong.
Best Table Read
SMITH: The 50th was pretty fun!
COLEMAN: Yeah, the 50th was really great.
Most Challenging Scene
MOFFAT: Every single thing. [Laughs]
SMITH: The 3D
COLEMAN: Yeah, the 3D. The cameras that were 3D, it was very slow.
SMITH: It changes the pace in how you can work. When you are making Doctor Who you’ve got to work quick because there’s a lot to pack in in two weeks worth of shooting. But I think if any show is made for 3D then Doctor Who kind of is. It really works.