EXCLUSIVE: Jenna Ortega Talks Latina-Starring Series Stuck In The Middle, Elena of Avalor

Jul 22, 2016 by Sarah Moffatt

Since breaking onto the scene on the CW’s Jane The Virgin, Disney Channel star Jenna Ortega has been paving the way for young Latina actresses, with a role on Disney’s Stuck In The Middle and lending her voice to the new animated Disney series Elena of Avalor.

With the success of Stuck in the Middle and your upcoming show Elena of Avalor, which is about a Latina princess, what’s it like knowing you’re paving the way for other young Latina actress?

When I first started acting there weren’t a lot of roles for Latinas, but now our opportunities are growing, and just knowing that my fellow Latinas are getting more and more opportunities makes me proud. I’m proud to be a part of such a big movement for... Read More

EXCLUSIVE: Nicolas Bechtel Talks Playing Lewie Diaz on Stuck In The Middle

Jul 22, 2016 by Sarah Moffatt

Stuck In The Middle star Nicolas Bechtel has a hit show on Disney Channel and earned a Daytime Emmy nomination for his role on General Hospital – two things not very many 11-year-olds can say. With the first season finale around the corner, Bechtel shed some light on what it’s like playing Lewie Diaz.

Congratulations on your Daytime Emmy nomination! How does it feel to be an Emmy-nominated actor?

Thank you! It was so awesome to be nominated. The executive producer at General Hospital and my mom went around and around about whether or not to submit me. My mom just wants me to focus on what I love to do and not worry about awards and things like that, but Frank Valentini brought up the fact that I... Read More

EXCLUSIVE: So You Think You Can Dance Co-Creator, Executive Producer, Judge Nigel Lythgoe Breaks Down Why It Was Time For A New Generation

Jul 11, 2016 by Sarah Moffatt

Over the years, So You Think You Can Dance (aka SYTYCD) has changed its format several times – crowning two winners, pitting stage dancers vs street dancers, the All-Stars season, etc – but this season brings the biggest shakeup yet: changing the age limit from 18-30 to 8-13, giving us So You Think You Can Dance: Next Generation.

Those who have been passionate fans of the show the past 12 seasons may have been skeptical about the drastic change – after all, how could a 9-year-old compare to Twitch or Alex Wong or Katherine or Cyrus or Insert-Your-Favorite-Contestant-Here? The truth is, some of the kids we’ve seen in just the first handful of episodes are just as good – maybe even better than – the adults who have competed on... Read More

Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll Season Two Features Musical About Potato Famine

Jun 30, 2016 by Sarah Moffatt

Sex and Drugs and Rock and Roll premieres tonight for it’s second season, starring (and written by) Denis Leary along with John Corbett, Bobby Kelly, John Ales, Elizabeth Gillies, and Elaine Hendrix.

At the end of season one, The Assassins were going through a rough patch with Gigi (Gillies) breaking up with Flash (Corbett) and Bam Bam and Rehab turning their talents to create music’s newest sensation, BeastCore. While it seems BeastCore was – for better or for worse – a short lived phenomenon, season two has promise of other interesting musical adventures and explorations brought to light by the electric duo.

“This year, I’m with Rehab most of the time,” Kelly said. “We’re in a lot of controversy this year. Campbell Scott is in this season, who is... Read More

EXCLUSIVE: Star Ally Maki Says Fans of Lost and Laughing Will Like Wrecked

Jun 14, 2016 by Sarah Moffatt

Imagine if you were on a plane headed to an international destination with your long-term boyfriend, hoping he’s finally going to propose after nine years (seven officially), but the plane goes down and you’re trapped on a deserted island with a handful of strangers who survived the crash too.

That’s the life of Jess Kato, a sweet-natured romantic (played by the equally sweet Ally Maki), who just wants her douche of a boyfriend, Todd (Will Greenberg) to commit.

We caught up with Ally Maki to learn more about TBS’ new comedy Wrecked and her character, Jess:

I have to say, I’ve seen the first three or four episodes of Wrecked and I think it’s hilarious.

Yay! That’s awesome!

How would you describe Wrecked in your own... Read More

EXCLUSIVE: Jake Weary on Playing Bad Boy In TNT's Animal Kingdom

Jun 14, 2016 by Sarah Moffatt

Jake Weary is no stranger to the TV world with recurring roles on Pretty Little Liars and Chicago Fire in the past. But now, he’s taking on a whole new animal as one of the stars of TNT’s big summer show, Animal Kingdom.

Weary plays Deran, the youngest son in a criminal family with a bad attitude and a lot to prove. He struggles with being the youngest, his older brothers taking him seriously, and hiding an important secret from his entire family.

In short, Animal Kingdom isn’t what you’re used to seeing on TNT – it’s daring, edgy and, to be frank, raises TNT’s dramatic bar quite a bit higher than, say, Rizzoli & Isles.

REVIEW: Surf, Sun, and Sibling Rivalry on TNT’s Animal... Read More

So You Think You Can Dance Has Perfect Timing With Next Generation Change

Jun 06, 2016 by Sarah Moffatt

I’ve been a dancer all my life – I even have a rather useless degree in it (useless for me, not useless in general)! I’ve experienced coaches putting bottle caps in the heels of my shoes point-end up to ensure I would stay on my toes; I knew girls who had rulers or Popsicle sticks taped to the back of their legs so they stayed straight, and suffered their ballet teacher marking the knees of their (expensive!) tights with a giant red ‘X’ in Sharpie when they didn’t have enough turnout. Being a child dancer is hard, but most kids have no issue putting up with the borderline abusive coaches if it means they not only get to dance but constantly be pushed to reach their potential… and then some.... Read More

EXCLUSIVE: Iliza Shlesinger On Co-Hosting Separation Anxiety On TBS

Apr 12, 2016 by Sarah Moffatt

Since becoming the first female and youngest contestant to win Last Comic Standing in 2008, Iliza Shlesinger has been one busy lady, starring in a comedy special, narrating documentaries, releasing comedy albums, hosting a dating show, and launching her own podcast. If all that weren’t enough, Iliza is also the co-host of the new TBS game show, Separation Anxiety.

Tell me about your new show on TBS Separation Anxiety.

Separation Anxiety is the number one new show on TBS, so people love it. It’s a show where we take two people who know each other really well and split them up. We tell one person they’re playing for $2,500 but the truth is they are playing for $250,000 and we watch how they each play the game separately. It... Read More

EXCLUSIVE: The Detour's Natalie Zea Warns New TBS Show Is Not For Kids

Apr 06, 2016 by Sarah Moffatt

Natalie Zea is known mostly for her role on the soap opera Passions and her residency on FX’s Justified, both of which are heavy in the drama department. Though she’s no stranger to comedy roles, – you can see her alongside Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg in The Other Guys – you can now find her in the very funny and very inappropriate (in the best way, I promise) new TBS comedy The Detour.

Click here for our review of The Detour

We’re a few days away from the official April 11 premiere, but TBS has kindly released the first episode on YouTube just in time for the announcement the show has been renewed for a second season already.

I admit, I was in the... Read More

EXCLUSIVE: James ‘Murr’ Murray Dishes On Impractical Jokers, Skydiving, and The Possibility of A Jokers’ Movie

Mar 31, 2016 by Sarah Moffatt

In 1999, four high school friends formed a live comedy troupe called The Tenderloins. Now, 17 years later, those same guys star in their own show that’s close to wrapping up its fifth season on truTV called Impractical Jokers. It’s easy to argue Brian ‘Q’ Quinn, Joseph Gatto, Sal Vulcano and James ‘Murr’ Murray are living the dream; getting paid to humiliate your best friends of 26 years and travel the world doing what you love ain’t so bad a gig.

Joker James Murray, who is better known as Murr, took time to chat with Sling and answer some fan questions.

How would you describe, in your own words, Impractical Jokers?

Hmm. Impractical Jokers is an upside-down prank show, where the four us – the guys and I,... Read More

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