Archive for August, 2011
Groban who is both a singer and an actor has led a distinguished career. Some of his recent appearances include Steve Carrel and Ryan Gossling’s romantic comedy,Crazy Stupid Love as well having appeared on various shows from FOX such as Alley Mcbeil and Glee.
The actor will be joining Stephen Collins, who will portray the character of Andy ‘s dad, Walter and actress, Dee Wallace will also appear as Andy’s mom,Cindy Bernard.
The Office is set to return for its eighth season on NBC on Thursday, September 22 @ 9:00pm eastern standard time.
What is your reaction on Andy’s family appearing and what circumstances or context do you predict will draw their appearance? Sound off in the comments section, below!
Actor,Peter Keleghan has been leading a successful career within the Canadian and American television industry.Born in Montreal,Peter has been described by the Toronto Star in 2003 as “the funniest man in Canada” and has also been bestowed with four Gemini awards over the course of his career.Peter’s lengthy experience as an actor can specifically be seen from various television credits including Newsroom,The Red Green Show and Seinfield.
Peter’s more recent role is on CBC’S 18 To Life as the intimidating yet conservative judge and father ,Ben Bellow.The show which recently aired its final season,involves two middle class neighbors with opposing viewpoints who are forced to unite as family when their 18 year olds, Tom Bellow[Michael Seater] and Jessie Hill [Stacey Farber] run off and get married.
Additionally,Peter will be appearing in Little Mosque the Prairie’s impending sixth and final season as the true love of Mayor Popowicx[ Debra McGrath].With Peter being kind enough to participate in an interview with me and Little Mosque approaching its sixth season, we discuss the background of Peter’s character on the show, the circumstances which draw the Mayor and his character together, the number of episodes in which he will appear in for the season, the challenges which the couple will face and more!
With 18 to Life having recently concluded in its recent second and final season, we discuss Peter’s reaction on the show’s cancellation and the factors which he think led to its end. Peter also reflects on Ben’s growth over the course of the show, reflects on the suitability of the way in which the show ended as well as offering his final message to fans of the show.
Peter also takes the opportunity to share details on some of his other current projects,his career aspirations and plans as well as the actor’s perspective on the value of Canadian television towards the North American entertainment industry.Read our exclusive interview with the actor,below.
Abbas Karimjee:You play Mayor Ann Popowicx’s [Debra McGrath] true love in the impending sixth and final season of Little Mosque on the Prairie.Could you please reveal your character’s name and provide some details on his background?
Peter Keleghan:My character is Charles Thorne and is literally a thorn in the side of his younger brother Rev. William Thorne. I take great pleasure in calling him Billy! He first appears as a Canada Revenue auditor to audit the town of Mercy.He says he is there because of his little brother but soon Ann Popowicz usurps all of his attention.This despite he is already engaged!
AK: Could you please give us a brief idea of what draws both Mayor Popwicz and your character together?
PK:Well, honestly? Sex initially. After a while they are inseparable. Soul mates. Charles breaks off his engagement and proposes to Ann.
AK:How many episodes will you be appearing in for the sixth season of Little Mosque on the Prairie?
AK: What are some of the challenges which the two will face over the course of the sixth season of Little Mosque on the Prairie?
PK:The major dilemma is Charles’ engagement. Billy, I mean William, tries to undermine his love for Anne calling him a cad. They are like feuding young brothers —quite funny actually.
AK:Are there any other plot points regarding the relationship, which you are able to reveal?
PK: Do they get married? Stay tuned!
AK: Are there any other main characters on Little Mosque, with whom your character will have notable interactions with?
PK:I really just deal with William and Anne ,however Zaib’s Imam character helps us figure things out between our fragmented relationship.
AK:Little Mosque is currently in its sixth and final season. Could you please briefly describe the experience of joining the team in the final season and any challenges which were involved?
PK:I felt like a party-crasher to be honest. I was embraced whole-heartedly which is a testament to the wonderfully giving nature of the production and especially the producers and cast. I came in at their 11th hour and still had sorrow when it was over. Not like they must have of course, but it was a lovely set to work on.
AK:As an experienced Canadian artist, what are your thoughts on how Little Mosque has represented Canadian culture, given that it is the first of its kind, in terms of building bridges between the Muslim community and western society?
PK:The more ways we can find ways to bring us together in this world the better. This show was certainly a fun and funny way to bridge the gap between unfamiliar religions
AK: You have previous experience of portraying relationships, particularly in CBC’S 18 To Life, as Ben Bellow, a right-wing conservative judge who was married to a Jewish character, Judith [Ellen David].
How has such previous experience allowed you to enhance your performance in this role on Little Mosque and how is the relationship of Ben and Judith different from your character on Little Mosque’s relationship with Mayor Popowicz?
PK:The mayor and Charles have a tumultuous relationship. Charles is certainly no conservative! The trick with playing all relationships is to have honest good feelings for each other. To help with this, in 18-Life, I actually dated Ellen David in university, (I grew up in Montreal) and in Little Mosque, Deb and I have been good friends for about 25 years.
AK: Let’s discuss the recent second and final season of 18 To Life. What was your initial reaction when you discovered the show has been cancelled and what factors do you think resulted in the series cancellation?
PK:It was a big disappointment when it was cancelled. Other shows that were not as well rated or reviewed were picked up and we weren’t, so it was very frustrating. I thought Montreal looked fabulous in the show and it is hard to imagine why it was not renewed for at least one more season –if only to prove it had legs. People seemed genuinely shocked to hear it was not renewed. It certainly has gotten more Gemini and Comedy Award nominations than most other Canadian series. The only explanation is that it was a financial decision.
AK: When 18 To Life first began, the character of Ben was quite upset with his son Tom’s, marriage with the girl next door, Jess , given that he had great hopes for his son’s future .Ben displayed his disapproval of the marriage in various ways, particularly when he drafted an annulment, in his failed attempt to end the marriage .How do you think Ben has developed over the course of the show and had 18 To Life continued, how else would you have liked for the character to develop?
PK:Ben certainly mellowed through the 2 years. However, the show needed the dramatic counterpoint to continue to be interesting. So he didn’t change THAT much!
AK:What are your thoughts on the suitability of the episode, House of Cards as an ending to the show?
PK:We were not prepared to realize that the show would not be picked up. It came as a shock to us so we did not have a series ending.
AK: On 18 To Life you had a main cast role for the show’s two seasons. How has working on the show impacted both your career as well as your personal life, in terms of the show’s central themes about family and love as well as the friendships which you formed?
PK:Honestly it has not. Ben could not be more opposite to me as a person. Politically and every other way. Charles on Mosque is also very different. It’s fun to play and expand. I’ve been told people enjoyed my performances, and that’s enough for me. It would be nice to see more Canadians watching Canadian shows however. We are being fed a constant diet of low brow food which I call ‘fast food culture’. Cheap, fast, glitzy and addictive—it is not about us – it’s American, and so it’s completely un-nutritious.
AK: In retrospect, how do you think the character of Ben and 18 To Life, in general will be remembered as?
PK: As a blow-hard, soft hearted, insecure, conservative father!
AK:With 18 To Life having drawn to end, what message would you like to convey to fans of the show?
PK:Sorry we didn’t do more of them. It would have been nice to have a proper ending to wrap things up. The show deserved at least that as did the fabulous Montreal crews and cast.
AK:As an experienced Canadian actor, you have also been involved in animated productions of various TV series including, Ned’s Newt and Ruby Gloom as well as productions such as Seinfeld, 18 To Life and Little Mosque on the Prairie. Which type of acting do you prefer to work in and what particular benefits are associated with your selection?
PK:I think most people see Canadian actors as being much more well-rounded performers because we have to be. There is work, but it pays much less. Something tells me that if I did 5 popular American series and had 4 Emmy awards, I could easily retire a rich man. Not so in Canada. It would be nice if Canada recognized it artists as much as it’s athletes. It’s the best country in the world in all other ways and I wouldn’t want to live anywhere else.
AK:What current projects are you involved in or future aspirations do you have for your acting career?
PK:I helped start a credit union in Canada for artists called The Creative Arts Savings and Credit union. I’m on the board of directors and that takes a good chunk of time. Also I am currently shooting episodes of Republic Of Doyle, and my continuing character Terrence Myers on Murdoch Mysteries. In the fall I start shooting Sunshine Sketches – a story about Stephen Leacock in Canada in the 1920s which stars my father in law Gordon Pinsent as Leacock. I also hope to have my own series within a couple of years called The Factotum.
AK: What activities do you enjoy during your spare time?
PK:I love traveling with my wife Leah and we share our home life with a neurotic cocker spaniel named Higgins. I also collect antique wrist watches and fly small planes.
Actress,Rachel Luttrell has been leading a distinguished, multi talented career as an actress,singer and dancer. Luttrell experienced a strong musical upbringing which included a great deal of inspiration from her father, who was a former member of the acclaimed Mendelsohn Choir as well as her piano studies at the Royal Conservatory of Music.Luttrell’s strong background within the television industry is evident from her many past television credits,which include shows such as ER,Charmed and Touched by an Angel.
Rachel’s more recent and most prominent television role was on Syfy’s original series,Stargate Atlantis where she portrayed the Athosian leader and warrior,Teyla Emmagan.Rachel portrayed the character over the course of the show’s five seasons, which aired from July 2004-January 2009.
With the Stargate franchise having drawn to an end earlier this year after the cancellation of Atlantis’ spin off series,Stargate Universe and Rachel being kind enough to participate in an interview with me, we discuss the actress’ initial experience in playing the role. Particularly,we discuss some of the challenges involved in portraying the character of Teyla and how Rachel related to the character.
The actress also shares her perspective on Teyla’s development over the course of the show’s five seasons, her experience on having her real life pregnancy incorporated into the show’s fourth season and Teyla’s conflicted feelings between the father of her child, Kannan[Patrick Sabongui] and Lt. Colonel John Sheppard[ Joe Flanigan].Luttrell also comments on her perspective on the recent announcement that Stargate Extinction ,the follow-up movie to the series has been cancelled as well as her thoughts on the future of the Stargate franchise.
The actress also discusses the recent projects which she has been working on since Atlantis ended, including her musical CD which is scheduled for release this September!
Abbas Karimjee:Were you contacted for the role of Teyla or did you audition? Could you please describe the initial experience and any challenges which were involved in the process?
Rachel Luttrell : Oh! I had to audition, and audition and audition.It was a long process.But I always felt connected to Teyla.I initially found the fight choreography challenging but soon grew to enjoy it. Another challenge was to preserve the “other worldly” quality of Teyla.Human but not of Earth.
AK: How did you relate to the character of Teyla ?
RL:Yes. Very much.She resonated with the side of me that is from Africa.I really drew on aspects of my mother’s life and my grand parent’s influence on me as a young child.
AK:The role of Teyla is that of a warrior,which in turn deal of physical activity and action.What challenges did this present to you and how did you learn to cope with this?
RL:I had never fought on camera before. I was a dancer.So, initially the fight sequences were daunting. But I soon began to see them as a type of dance choreography and could break them down that way.I began to enjoy them and certainly thought they were a vital part of bringing Teyla to life.
AK: How do you think Teyla evolved over the course of the show’s five seasons and was there any aspect of the character’s background or personality which you would have preferred to see further explored?
RL:Teyla grew up over the course of the series.She had to make some pretty challenging decisions, including leaving her people in order to further the greater cause of getting rid of The Wraith. She became a mother (which changes everything). If the series had continued I would have loved to have explored her heritage more. The mythology, the history…. I also would have enjoyed seeing Teyla truly in love.
AK:.In season 5 , Teyla pursued a relationship with Kannan, who is the father of her child, Torren.Though the two have a strong connection from Teyla’s time with her people, what are your thoughts on the inner nature of her relationship with Colonel Sheppard, in terms of the possibility of romantic interests between the two? Who would you prefer to see Teyla with and why? What challenges may be associated with your choice?
RL:I believe that Kannan was someone Teyla dearly loved.I believe that he would have been the choice that her parents would have made for her had they been alive.He represented her connection to her people and Teyla desperately wanted to keep that strong.There was already a great deal of guilt for having joined Atlantis and “leaving” them in a manner of speaking.But I think that she did love Sheppard.In a way he was forbidden but longed for.
AK:On the show’s fourth season, Teyla’s pregnancy was incorporated into the show, in order to coincide with your pregnancy. What were your thoughts on the direction which the writers took Teyla’s storyline as a result of the pregnancy and how do you think it further developed the character’s personality?
RL:I thought that the writers did a great job and I will forever be grateful to them for running with my own pregnancy without judgment and with great imagination and care.I think it acted as a way to fully showcase Teyla’s strength and determination. You don’t mess with a mamma bear.
AK:In retrospect,how suitable of an ending do you think Enemy at the Gate was to SGA and how do you feel about the Stargate franchise ending?
RL:Well, I think that everyone involved at the time really did hope and indeed expect a film. So the session/series finale was not meant to fully satisfy. And it didn’t. But all good things come to an end making way for new good. The franchise was an immensely successful one.Unprecedented success, really.And I am very happy to have been a part of it.
AK:Brad Wright recently announced at a Vancouver convention that the Atlantis movie, Stargate Extinction ,as well as other Stargate productions ,including the pending Stargate SG1 film,Stargate Revolution and a pending Stargate Universe movie, has been cancelled.
What is your reaction to the cancellation of the Atlantis film and how did you hope it would tie up both the overall story arc of Stargate Atlantis as well as Teyla’s journey, in terms of her relationship with her people, her role as a mother and a member of Atlantis?
RL:I am not at all surprised by the announcement.Although the movie would have been fun and deeply satisfying.It would have been nice to see that Teyla had managed to find some marriage between her people and her love of her Atlantis team.There was such a huge “dot, dot, dot” at the end of the final episode and so many questions could have been answered.
AK;How has being a cast member of SGA, impacted your career as well as your personal life, in terms of the various friendships you formed?
RL:I made some life long friends. And it never hurts to say that you were on a successful series for five seasons in terms of my career.
AK:What do you think is in store for the future of the Stargate franchise? Do you think it will be revived at some point?
RL erhaps.Anything is possible.
AK:What message would you like to convey to fans ,as the Stargate franchise draws to a close?
RL:Just know how grateful each and every one of us who were lucky enough to be involved in the franchise are to each and everyone of you for your support.It was a pleasure serving you!
AK:What recent projects have you been involved ,which you would like to /share with viewers and what future plans or aspirations do you have for your career, both as an actress and as a singer?
RL:I have been working on a CD for over a year and a half now and it will FINALLY be available September 2011!Yeah!I am still auditioning for shows and movies.Any number of those may bare fruit soon.And I am writing some pretty fun screenplays at the moment that I hope to see produced soon.I would like to be involved in all aspects of this industry from acting to directing.
AK:What activities do you enjoy during your spare time?
RL:Being with my son doing, anything!Writing.Singing.Going to the movies.Going to the stables to watch my boy ride.Hiking.Hanging out with dear friends and family….
Take a look at NBC’S recently launched promotional feature for the upcoming season eight premiere of The Office below!
While the feature does not provide fans with new footage of the coming season, it allows to view various glimpses of the previous seventh season, in order to reflect on the personalities of some of the present employees of Scraton who are potential candidates for the branch manager position.The feature also shows James Spader and Robert California, who was recently reported as one who will take over the company as its CEO.
However,the feature does confirm that the season eight premiere, scheduled to debut on Thursday, September 22 @9:00pm eastern standard time, will reveal who Michael Scott’s replacement is.
What are your thoughts on the trailer and who do you think the new boss will be?Sound off in the comments section!
Take a look at the video below, which features Little Mosque on the Prairie’s Sheila McCarthy at the Gemini nominations, in a interview with Debra Yeo of The Toronto Star.The actress, who is a speaker at the nominations , reflects on her previous Gemini nominations and awards,compares working in the Canadian television industry to the American industry and spends time reflecting on her experience of working on Little Mosque on the Prairie.
Share your thoughts on the video interview, in the comments section.
Indeed, Actor James Spader will be joining the cast for the Office’s upcoming eighth season, reports Entertainment Weekly.Spader, who appeared in the season seven finale of The Office as Robert California, a manipulative yet awkward genius, who was a potential candidate for replacing Scott’s role as the regional manager of the Scranton branch.
According to executive producer, Paul Liberstein, “He’ll have been hired over the summer as the new manager, but within hours, got himself promoted. Within days, he took over the company”.
In another follow up interview ,Liberstein commented that although Spader’s character has a position at corporate, he will still be seen a great deal at the Scranton branch.However, the extent of the character’s involvement may vary from episode to episode.”Sometimes he’s in a couple of scenes, and some episodes he’s not in — but some he’s in a lot,” Lieberstein says. “I think family is a big draw for him. We’re saying he’s from the [Scranton] area, so he spends a lot of time supervising this branch.”
Liberstein also commented on the experience involved in having Spader join the cast, indicating that” the actor has an energy that is completely his own, and The Office has no tools for dealing with this guy. We’re thrilled he’s joining our cast”.
Spader, of course has previously appeared as the daring and provocative attorney, Alan Shore in The Practice and in its spinoff series, Boston Legal, where he was bestowed with three Emmy awards for his portrayal of the character.
Spader’s arrival marks the departure of actress, Kathy Bates who had portrayed the role of Sabre’s CEO, Jo Bennet ,during The Office’s sixth and seventh seasons. Though the character of Jo’s unique personality and strong enthusiasm may be missed by The Office fans, the actress can be seen on NBC’S Harry’s Law which was recently renewed for a second season.
Given that Robert California will have been promoted, there is also still no word on who will the regional manager of the Scranton branch. The characters of Jim, Darryl and Andy are likely possibilities , according to Liberstein.
What are your thoughts on how Spader’s character will rise up the ladder so quickly and how do you think this will influence both the company and the storytelling on The Office.Based on what we saw last season, what are your thoughts on how he will interact with the employees of the Scranton branch.
What is your reaction towards Barry’s departure? Who would you like to see take over the Scranton Branch and why? Sound off in the comments section, below!
Abbas Karimjee’s Weblog is launching its coverage of The Office as it approaches its upcoming, eighth season.Stay tuned for various news and media updates regarding the show’s eight season , which shall debut on Thursday, September 22@ 9:00pm on NBC.
Actress, Jenna Fisher has confirmed that her actual pregnancy has been incorporated into the upcoming eight season of The Office, in a recent interview with Vulture Magazine. Fischer, who plays the office administrator, Pam Beasley, provided details as to how the pregnancy will be tied back to Valentines Day from the previous seventh season episode , entitled PDA.
“Pam will be pregnant when the season starts,” stated Fischer. “Pam and Jim snuck away last season on Valentine’s Day, and they had sex. The story is that they conceived this baby at that time and were keeping it a secret until we come back from the summer.”
This pregnancy will mark Pam and Jim’s second one, given that the two had their first child, Cissi, in the show’s sixth season.
In the recent interview, Fischer also details that Steve Carrel’s final replacement has been determined, though she is not at liberty to divulge exactly who it will be.
What are your thoughts on Pam’s Pregnancy? Are you intrigued by the storyline and how do you anticipate/ hope this pregnancy will be presented in different manner in relation to her first one? And what are your thoughts on who the new boss might be and how exactly do you think the individual you predicted, will interact with the other employees of Dunder Mufflin through his/ her management style?Sound off in the comments section, below!