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USA Network's Character Approved Awards Airs Tonight

In anticipation of the 3rd Annual Character Approved Awards, airing tonight on USA, televised for the first time, SciFi Vision was sent this press release. It has also been announced that Academy Award Nominee Ethan Hawke has officially been announced as tonight's narrator.



USA NETWORK ANNOUNCES THE RECIPIENTS OF THE 3rd ANNUAL CHARACTER APPROVED AWARDS RECOGNIZING TWELVE CULTURAL TRAILBLAZERS


Multimedia Campaign Honors Walter Hood (Architecture), Vik Muniz (Art), Emily Pilloton (Design), Prabal Gurung (Fashion), Davis Guggenheim (Film), Grant Achatz (Food), Blake Mycoskie (Giving), Janelle Monáe (Music), Dennis Crowley & Naveen Selvadurai (New Media), Lily Rabe (Theatre), and Nicole Krauss (Writing)


Character Approved: Honoring 12 Cultural Trailblazers Documentary to Premiere on Tuesday, March 8, 11/10c Immediately Following The Season Two Finale Of WHITE COLLAR

NEW YORK, NEW YORK – February 23, 2011 – USA Network announced today the 12 honorees for the 3rd annual Character Approved Awards, in recognition of their innovation and cultural contributions. The Awards pay tribute to the visionaries and real "characters" from a cross-section of creative disciplines who are changing the face of American culture. USA Network created the awards to provide a national platform for important cultural influencers and to encourage a collective dialogue around their ideas. USA chose to bestow this year's honorees with the Network's "character seal of approval" based on their cultural impact, legacy and persona. These exceptional pioneers are making progressive changes in their field through innovation, creativity and a willingness to break the mold.

"USA surveyed the cultural landscape and hand-picked twelve exceptional pioneers whose impact in their unique creative disciplines will be felt far into the future," said Alexandra Shapiro, USA's senior vice president, brand marketing and digital. "These honorees defy convention, influence popular opinion and exemplify what it means to be a true character."

The Character Approved honorees will be featured in a multimedia campaign including a one-hour television special, CHARACTER APPROVED: HONORING 12 CULTURAL TRAILBLAZERS, directed by acclaimed documentarian Phil Griffin, narrated by Academy Award nominee Ethan Hawke, and produced by @radical.media. The telecast will premiere on USA Network, Tuesday March 8th at 11/10c immediately following the season 2 finale of White Collar and will be comprised of original, exclusive long-form interviews shot expressly for the special.

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Reshma Shetty of "Royal Pains" Talks About Her Latest Project

By Karen Moul

Reshma ShettyRoyal Pains' second season has just ended, and will return for a new season this summer. Although Divya didn't get married, star Reshma Shetty is planning to take the plunge and wed boyfriend Deep Katdare, who co-starred with her in the touring production of Bombay Dreams.


"So, my big project has been my wedding," she told us. "Hopefully, this show that I'm creating, i.e. Reshma's wedding, will be really [great].

"I've had fun," says Reshma, "because USA has also helped me. We put together some webisodes about how to get married in New York. It's called Royally Wed with Divya. USA's been amazing! I've never been married before, and I didn't know anything. So [it's me] meeting vendors, finding out what brides need to know, bringing tips to you with a video. I just had no idea it was going to turn out as great as it did!"

After the wedding, Reshma will be back for Royal Pains' third season. And in the future – who knows? "I would love to do a movie," she says. "I would love to do a comedy. And, at some point, I do want to return to the stage."

She might even try producing. "I am attracted to the production side...more the vision of the entire movie or show. I think that interests me. And, I'm sure that at the point I will want to morph into that role. I think I have a good eye for being able to see where a project should go and what its style should be."

But Reshma doesn't take the idea lightly. "I say this for any job: I hate people who just jump into things with no real knowledge, because they never usually do a very good job. I never want to be one of those people. So, I don't want to lightly say, oh, I'll be a producer or I'll be a director. But, there's definitely an interest in learning about it."

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"Marcel's Quantum Kitchen" Press Release

CHEF MARCEL VIGNERON PUSHES THE LIMITS OF CULINARY IMAGINATION IN NEW SERIES, MARCEL'S QUANTUM KITCHEN, PREMIERING TUESDAY, MARCH 22 AT 10 P.M. ET/PT ON SYFY

NEW YORK – February 10, 2011 – Syfy unveils the future of food with a daring new hi-tech cooking series for the modern age, Marcel's Quantum Kitchen, featuring Marcel Vigneron, one of America's most notorious chefs on the cutting edge of the culinary field, on Tuesday, March 22 at 10 p.m. ET/PT. Chef Marcel pushes the limits of imagination with his bold style of cooking referred to as molecular gastronomy, which incorporates science into cuisine preparation.

Fresh off of Top Chef All Stars, 30-year-old Marcel has already made a name for himself with his polarizing turn on the Bravo series and as the former head chef at one of Los Angeles' hottest bar/restaurants, Bar 210. Marcel is constantly reinventing himself with cuisine, never preparing food the same way twice through the use of modern tools, techniques and his own creative inspiration to serve up mind-blowing confections.

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"White Collar's" Tiffani Thiessen Aspires to be Elizabeth Burke Everyday

By Karen Moul

Tiffani ThiessenTiffani Thiessen's acting career spans three decades and includes starring and guest roles in more than a dozen TV shows. Now starring as Elizabeth Burke in USA's White Collar, Thiessen says she's finally found a role that mirrors her own personality.


"In the 20-some-odd years I've been [in] this business, this crazy business," says Thiessen, "I feel most like my character this time. I aspire to be Elizabeth Burke every day."

"I love that she really is a very career-driven woman, I love that she puts her relationship and her marriage first. I love the relationship that she [has] with her husband (played by Tim DeKay). There's a lot of love between the two of them, there's a lot of trust, but there's also a great friendship."

Thiessen shares a similar relationship with her own husband, actor Brady Smith, and she says it was the Burke's strong marriage that drew her to the role.

"It's one of the first scripts that I've read in a really long time, that [included] a marriage that actually works. Most of the time marriages on TV are filled with drama and affairs and distrusting each other and it's all the opposite with the Burkes, which is what I really, really enjoy about the relationship."

"You don't see a lot of strong women have strong marriage relationships on TV," she continues. "You just don't see it very often, so that was one thing that I really, really enjoyed reading [in] the script and really falling in love with Elizabeth."

The finale of White Collar's second season airs Tuesday, March 8 on USA. Very few episodes are available online, so new viewers should probably wait for the DVDs.

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Willie Garson on "White Collar," Toupees, & Everything in Between

Willie GarsonWillie Garson is no stranger to television. He has appeared in over 250 episodes of a varitey of series, including series such as Buffy the Vampire Slayer, The X-Files, Sex and the City,and Stargate SG-1. He has also worked on over seventy feature films, including There's Something About Mary, Being John Malkovich, and Sex and the City and its sequel, to name a few.

Garson's latest endeavor has been his work on USA Network's White Collar, which is now in its second season, in which he plays the role of Mozzie.

Garson recently sat down with members of the digital media to discuss his role on White Collar.

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Henry Winkler: "Happy Days" on "Royal Pains"

Henry WinklerHenry Winkler is a veteran television actor, his credits spanning almost 40 years. He is probably best known for his role as Arthur 'Fonzie' Fonzarelli, a character that was made popular on the series Happy Days. He however has numerous other television credits to his name, including The Practice, Arrested Development, and Numb3rs, to name just a few. Winkler has a long list of film credits as well, including Holes and Click, as well as many television movies.

Winkler has also served as a director and producer for different projects, including the popular series McGuyver, for which he was an executive producer.

Henry Winkler recently sat down with the digial media to discuss life and his work on USA Network's Royal Pains, where he plays the character of Eddie R. Lawson.

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Sam Witwer on Life as a Vampire in "Being Human"

By Jamie Ruby

Sam WitwerSyfy's newest scripted series, Being Human, follows the lives of Aidan, the vampire, played by Sam Witwer, a werewolf named Josh, played by Sam Huntington, and Sally, the ghost, played by Meaghan Rath, as they live together as roomates trying to retain their humanity.


Witwer's character was a Revolutionary War soldier, who, to spare his men, sacrificed himself to vampires. He struggles with his blood addiction and works to try to escape from under his mentor, Bishop's (played by Mark Pellegrino), control.

Sam Witwer has appeared in other television series in the past, such as the popular series Battlestar Galactica, Dexter, and Smallville, to name a few. He has appeared on film in movies such as The Mist and Gamer. He has also lended his voice to projects such as the television series Star Wars: The Clone Wars, and various video games, including the popular Star Wars: The Force Unleashed, and its sequel.

Witwer sat down with the media to discuss his new series and other projects.

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Mark Feuerstein, Star of "Royal Pains," Talks Season Two

By Jamie Ruby

Mark FeuersteinRoyal Pains, USA's hit original series which is currently in the second half of its second season, stars Mark Feuerstein as Dr. Hank Lawson. Lawson, after being blacklisted from the medical community, becomes a concierge doctor to the Hampton's rich and famous. He also treats the less fortunate at the local clinic. The show also stars Paulo Costanzo, Reshma Shetty, Jill Flint, and Henry Winkler.


Feuerstein first got his break on television as a recurring character on the soap opera Loving. He has continued his work in theater, film, and television. He made his Broadway debut in Alfred Uhry's The Last Night of Ballhoo.

On the silver screen, Feuerstein has appeared in movies such as Albert Brook's The Muse, which was his favorite role, What Women Want, and In Her Shoes.

On television Feuerstein has had starring roles in the series Fired Up, Conrad Bloom, Good Morning Miami, 3 lbs, and of course, Royal Pains. He has also appeared in series such as Caroline in the City, The West Wing, and The Hustler, for which he wrote, directed, and produced.

Feuerstein sat down with the digital media to discuss life and his work on Royal Pains.

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Hilarie Burton on "White Collar"

By Jamie Ruby

Hilarie BurtonWhen Hilarie Burton developed the acting bug, she moved to New York for school and to pursue her dream. Shortly after she was hired to be a VJ on MTV. It was after this that she got the role that she is probably most known for, that of Peyton Sawyer on he CW's One Tree Hill. During that time she also took on some movie roles such as Our Very Own, Solstice, and the Secret Life of Bees.


In 2010 Burton won the role of Sara Ellis on the hit USA original series, White Collar, the insurance investigator that often butts heads with con artist Neal Caffrey, played by Matt Bomer. The series revolves around Neal and his unlikely partnership with FBI agent Peter Burke, played by Tim DeKay. White Collar is presently in second half of the season two and airs every Tuesday at 10pm/9pm central.

Burton sat down to talk to the online media to answer questions about her life and her role on the show.

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"Fringe: Concentrate & Ask Again": A Fan's Perspective

By AJ Grillo

Fringe: Concentrate and Ask AgainJust when you thought Lost was gone...


It was bound to happen. Fringe was craeated by Lost creator JJ Abrams. He has two of TV's best writers at the helm. I had to think to completely understand the latest episode; I haven't had to do that since Lost. Fringe continues to be, in this writer's opinion, the best show on TV. Unfortunately the ratings don't show it. Aside from all that though, this past Friday's episode was the best and worst episode of the season at the same time. What starts out as a monster of the week episode turns into the most revealing episode yet.

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Welcome! This is a place for those inspired by the strange, fantastic, and unknown. It is dedicated to those who share their talents with us and shine, whether it be on our televisions or on the silver screen. Here you will find interviews with celebrities, reviews from multiple genres, and other pop culture news and multimedia. While we originally started with a love for science fiction and fantasy, this site is no longer just for any one genre.Something you want to see featured here? Have your own site you'd like to see here? Don't hesitate to let us know!
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