Don’t Move To New York City Based Solely On What You See On TV: A User’s Guide

July 28th, 2014 2:00pm EDT
Don’t Move To New York City Based Solely On What You See On TV:
As a born and bred New Yorker, I’m drawn to shows about my city, taking comfort in the familiar sights and settings; yet I often find myself asking, “Did the writers of some of these shows ever step foot in Manhattan?”

I can shake off the inconsistencies, but I sometimes wonder about all the people saving their babysitting and paper route money hoping to someday move to the Big Apple hoping to mirror the glamorous life seen on the small screen.

Hence, a guide to separating fact from fiction:

‘Smash’ only lasted two seasons, but it was long enough to get your hopes up that moving here wo...

LeVar Burton: Remarkable From 'Reading Rainbow' To 'Perception'

July 11th, 2014 12:05pm EDT
LeVar Burton
LeVar Burton may be the closest thing that we have to a superhero in the entertainment industry. On camera, he's a talented actor who always impresses, whether he's playing Paul Haley on TNT's Perception or Doc Greene on The Hub's Transformers Rescue Bots. Off camera, he's beloved by generations as the public face of one of TV's best educational programs, Reading Rainbow, which just raised more than six million dollars to help childhood literacy. And he's also one of the nicest people you could ever meet. LeVar took time out of his busy schedule this week to speak with us about all of his c...

Ian Anthony Dale In Charge On TNT's 'Murder In The First'

June 23rd, 2014 1:08pm EDT
Murder In The First
Ian Anthony Dale is one of those chameleons who can play everything but the kitchen sink. You've seen him in everything from Hawaii Five-0 to Mortal Kombat: Legacy. Currently, he's starring in TNT's new serial crime drama Murder In The First as Lieutenant Jim Koto, the boss overseeing Terry English (Taye Diggs) and Hildy Mulligan (Kathleen Robertson). We caught up with Ian to ask about taking on supervisory duties - and his favorite role that you likely missed.

Playing the boss on a crime drama is often a thankless task; many times, it's only a handful of scenes, throwing out exposition an...

Scott Wolf On 'Perception' Season 3: 'I've Had More Fun Than Ever'

June 17th, 2014 2:12pm EDT
Scott Wolf On 'Perception' Season 3: 'I've Had More Fun Than Eve
We'll admit it: when Perception introduced Kate Moretti's ex-husband, we were all ready for a one-dimensional jerk. Then Scott Wolf showed up. And now we find ourselves actually fans of his hard-driving lawyer, Donnie Ryan. So we were thrilled to connect with Scott last week to ask him about Perception's third season, and his own perspective on the Assistant U.S. Attorney viewers seem to either love or hate.

Season two ended with the show's crime-fighting team split up as Dr. Daniel Pierce (Eric McCormack) went to Paris, so how exactly is the band going to get back together? "It becomes ap...

'Once Upon A Time' Star Raphael Sbarge Takes On 'Murder In The First'

June 9th, 2014 1:35pm EDT
'Once Upon A Time' Star Raphael Sbarge Takes On 'Murder In The F
Once Upon A Time star - really, star of seemingly almost everything - Raphael Sbarge is coming back to reality. Having wrapped the third season of ABC's fantasy adventure series, he's booked a new leading role as a San Francisco homicide cop in TNT's new crime drama Murder In The First, which starts tonight. BFTV connected with Raphael recently to discuss the phenomenon that is Once and look forward to his new role.

There might not be a bigger cult hit right now than Once Upon A Time, on which Raphael has played Dr. Hopper (better known as Jiminy Cricket) since its first season. Did he eve...

Check Out 'Rizzoli & Isles: The Complete Fourth Season' On DVD June 10

June 7th, 2014 5:19am EDT
Check Out 'Rizzoli & Isles: The Complete Fourth Season' On DVD J
"Rizzoli & Isles: The Complete Fourth Season" arrives on DVD June 10 from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment. The 16 episodes are based on the best-selling crime thriller books by Tess Gerritsen and developed by writer and former crime reporter Janet Tamaro ("Bones," "Lost").

In season four, Jane (Angie Harmon) and Maura (Sasha Alexander) investigate a number of complex and troublesome cases, including a deadly shooting at a community parade, the brutal killing of an overzealous journalism student and the pending murder trial of Maura's biological father, Paddy Doyle (guest star John Doman, B...

Antonio Jaramillo Talks 'Gang Related' And 'Dallas'

May 22nd, 2014 2:10pm EDT
Antonio Jaramillo Talks 'Gang Related' And 'Dallas'
Tonight, FOX premieres its newest crime drama, Gang Related. Antonio Jaramillo has a supporting but important role in the show's first season, and BFTV recently spoke to him about it as well as his recurring role on TNT's Dallas.

Antonio's Gang Related character isn't one of the elite LAPD cops who make up the heart of the show. Instead, he portrays someone else that populates the series' gritty world, connected to the notorious Acosta family. "I play a guy named Beto, and I'm a childhood friend of the main character, Ryan [Lopez] is his name," he explained. "I'm willing to risk my life to...

Meet 'Private Lives Of Nashville Wives' Star Sarah Davidson

March 3rd, 2014 2:19pm EST
Meet 'Private Lives Of Nashville Wives' Star Sarah Davidson
TNT's Private Lives of Nashville Wives looks like one-part Nashville, one-part Real Housewives. Yet the new reality series isn't that easy to define. Last week, BFTV spoke with cast member Sarah Davidson - not a housewife, but a hardworking country music singer - about the show, her career beyond it, and if she was at all worried about being portrayed well on TV.

"Originally I was not so willing," Sarah said of her decision to participate in the show. "I was a little apprehensive, and a couple of my friends suggested that I at least apply and see what it's about. I waited until the last mi...

'Perception's' Eric McCormack: 'Some Of Our Strongest' Episodes Ahead

February 25th, 2014 12:10pm EST
'Perception's' Eric McCormack: 'Some Of Our Strongest' Episodes
TNT's Perception is back to air the final four episodes of its sophomore season, with Dr. Daniel Pierce and his FBI partner Kate Moretti out to close more cases. BFTV spoke last week with series star Eric McCormack, who plays the crazy brilliant Daniel, about the remaining installments and the evolution of Perception.

After all, between the first and second seasons, we see many series find out what works and what doesn't, leading to tweaks and alterations. How has Perception changed over its sophomore cycle? "The biggest change has been introducing Scott Wolf to the show," Eric said, refer...

Best Of 2013 TV: 'Suits,' 'The Good Wife' And More

December 30th, 2013 12:30pm EST
The Good Wife
High-fives for everyone! As 2013 comes to a close, it's time to recognize the TV shows and people behind them that have made our jobs worthwhile. We've looked back on all the programs we've covered this year and picked out the few that we think deserve some special recognition. Check them out below, and feel free to leave your own 'best of the best' in the comments.

TV Series Of The Year: USA's Suits

Television doesn't get any better than this. Suits has been nearly flawless over three seasons, with a completely fantastic cast including two of the best actors we can think of (Gabriel ...