@Thisfunktional Talks with Damon Wayans, Claynecrawford FOX’s LETHAL WEAPON

@Thisfunktional Talks with Damon Wayans, Claynecrawford FOX’s LETHAL WEAPON

Written by Jesus Figueroa (@Thisfunktional)

Actors Clayne Crawford and Damon Wayans talk with Jose Torres, EstrellasEnLA.com, about FOX’s hit crime drama “Lethal Weapon.”

Crawford talked about how the show consistently entertains and is more than a typical crime-procedural.

Wayans talked about his character being more fun as the season progresses.

“Lethal Weapon” airs on FOX Wednesdays at 8 p.m. and has been renewed for a second season.

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Combining action and drama with ride-or-die friendship and humor, LETHAL WEAPON reimagines the hit movie franchise, as it follows classic cop duo Riggs and Murtaugh, who work a crime-ridden beat in modern-day Los Angeles.

Grief-stricken after the loss of his young wife and unborn child, ex-Navy SEAL-turned-detective MARTIN RIGGS (Clayne Crawford, “Rectify”) moves to California to “start over” at the LAPD.

He’s paired up with ROGER MURTAUGH (Emmy Award nominee Damon Wayans, “My Wife and Kids,” “In Living Color”), who’s just coming back to the job after a near-fatal heart attack.

Riggs’ penchant for diving headfirst into the line of fire immediately clashes with Murtaugh’s prudent, by-the-book technique.

When CAPTAIN BROOKS AVERY (Kevin Rahm, “Mad Men”) assigns them their first case together, Riggs drags Murtaugh into a high-speed chase culminating inside the Long Beach Grand Prix and a seaport shootout with drug dealers – and despite his protests, the older cop feels more alive than he has in years.

Meanwhile, Riggs gets a glimpse of why Murtaugh is so determined to get home safely at the end of each day – he’s got a wife, TRISH (Keesha Sharp, “The People v. OJ Simpson: American Crime Story”), teenagers ROGER, JR. (Dante Brown, “Mr. Robinson”) and RIANA (newcomer Chandler Kinney) and a newborn baby.

Riggs’ life-on-the-edge attitude makes him a priority case for the department’s psychologist, DR. MAUREEN “MO” CAHILL (Jordana Brewster, “Furious 7”).

Rounding out the precinct is SCORSESE (Johnathan Fernandez, “Girls,” “Younger”), a pathologist with the LAPD who got his nickname after a stint in film school, which no one will let him forget.

By the time their first investigation ends, Riggs realizes he may have found something worth living for – a partner and friend, Murtaugh.

Even Murtaugh figures this arrangement might just work out after all. If only Riggs doesn’t get them killed first…

@Thisfunktional Talks with Carla Jimenez, Scott MacArthur FOX’s THE MICK

Actors Carla Jimenez and Scott MacArthur talk with Jose Torres, EstrellasEnLA.com, about FOX’s comedy “The Mick.”
Jimenez talks about playing a stereotypical character in a non-traditional way and how FOX is being more inclusive and bringing diversity to television.
MacArthur talks about how great it is to work with actors who are just fun to be around.
“The Mick” airs on FOX Mondays at 8:30 p.m. and has been renewed for a second season.
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THE MICK is a no-holds-barred single-camera comedy that gives new meaning to the phrase “dysfunctional family.”
MACKENZIE aka “MICKEY” (Kaitlin Olson, “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia”) is an unapologetic degenerate, who suddenly finds herself stuck in affluent Greenwich, CT, raising her spoiled niece and nephews: SABRINA (Sofia Black-D’Elia, “The Night Of”), an ambitious, 18-going-on-30-year-old who is a worthy adversary to Mickey; CHIP (Thomas Barbusca, “Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life”), 13, an arrogant, entitled neo-con-in-the-making with an extremely punchable face; and BEN (newcomer Jack Stanton), seven, an adorably fragile nerd.
It’s pretty much everything Mickey has never wanted.
Regardless, she’s determined to rise to the occasion and transform these little monsters into honest, hard-working, decent members of society – something she knows absolutely nothing about.
Being a mother was never in Mickey’s game plan, but these kids desperately need a parent.
As irresponsible as Mickey has been her entire life, she may discover that responsibility and motherhood aren’t the buzzkill she always thought they would be.
The series also stars Carla Jimenez (“Raising Hope”) and Scott MacArthur (“Angie Tribeca”).

@Thisfunktional Talks with Richard Dreyfuss FOX’s SHOTS FIRED

@Thisfunktional Talks with Richard Dreyfuss FOX’s SHOTS FIRED

Written by Jesus Figueroa (@Thisfunktional)

Legendary Actor Richard Dreyfuss talks with Jose Torres, EstrellasEnLA.com, about being part of FOX’s 10-part miniseries “Shots Fired.”

Dreyfuss asks Torres to borrow his “24: LEGACY” cap for the interview and proceeds to give some fantastic insight into choosing roles that matter and how the story of “Shots Fired” made him think about what is happening in the world now.

“Shots Fired” premieres on FOX March 22 at 8 p.m.

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When JOSHUA BECK (Mack Wilds, “The Wire”), an African-American Sheriff’s deputy, kills an unarmed white college student, a small town in North Carolina is turned upside-down.

Before the town has a chance to grapple with this tragedy, the neglected murder of an African-American teen is brought to light, opening wounds that threaten to tear the community apart.

Leading the Department of Justice’s inquiry into these shootings is seasoned investigator ASHE AKINO (Sanaa Lathan, “The Perfect Guy,” “Love and Basketball”) and a young Special Prosecutor, PRESTON TERRY (Stephan James, “Race,” “Selma”), both of whom are African-American.

As they start to peel back the layers of both cases, they suspect a cover-up that may involve some of the state’s most powerful people, including fiercely political North Carolina Governor PATRICIA EAMONS (guest star Academy-, Emmy- and Golden Globe-winning actress Helen Hunt, “As Good As It Gets,” “The Sessions”).

She’s in a tough re-election fight, and the recent shootings in her state are making it even tougher.

Meanwhile, real estate mogul and owner of a privatized prison ARLEN COX (Academy- and Golden Globe Award-winning actor Richard Dreyfuss, “The Goodbye Girl,” “Jaws,” “Madoff”), is pulled into the volatile debate over policing in the town, and LT. CALVERT BREELAND (Stephen Moyer, “The Bastard Executioner,” “True Blood”), a seasoned veteran in the Sheriff’s Department, gets caught in the middle of the investigation.

As Ashe and Preston navigate the media attention, public debate and social unrest that come with such volatile cases, SHOTS FIRED tackles the racial divide from every seat in the house.