Note from the editor: I have included interviews under exclusive if they are private or one-on-one or in person interviews. These were not part of press conference calls or group discussions. These are exclusives that are currently published here at SciFi Vision or as part of one of SciFi Vision's own podcasts, or in some early cases at Media Blvd. Magazine.

I also have chosen to include some interviews from press events that are only open to a select few and not the general press or public, such as convention press rooms and everything from the Syfy Digital Press Tours, set tours, etc. as although they are not entirely exclusive, they do contain exclusive photos and sometimes videos that no other site has (I have started to mark some of these as "Spotlight" as opposed to "Exclusive, but they still remain in this category"), or may be about my own experiences only at the events. Note that in a few specific cases, the set tours were exclusive and specifically for SciFi Vision.

All of the articles unless otherwise noted were written by me, Jamie Ruby, and are copyright © 2017 Sci-Fi Vision. If you would like to post an article on your own site, please let us know first. Please do not use any of the exclusive photos or videos on your own site without permission (it will usually be given). You can find the rest of our published articles, including both interviews and reviews under articles.

HBO/HBO Max 2021 Winter TCA Press Tour Panel Interview: Untitled Jean Smart Series

Untitled Jean Smart SeriesTThe new comedy series starring Jean Smart and Hannah Einbinder, which is yet to be titled, is coming soon to HBO Max. The Untitled Jean Smart Series follows Smart as Deborah Vance, a legendary comedian who is told she needs to improve her act to reach a broader audience. Hannah Einbinder stars as the young entitled comedy writer Ava, who’s chosen to write jokes for Vance. The series also stars Carl Clemons-Hopkins as Marcus.

Executive producers Paul W. Downs (who also stars as Jimmy), Lucia Aniello, Jen Statsky, and Michael Schur, along with stars Smart, Einbinder, and Clemons-Hopkins, recently talked to journalists in the TCA panel for HBO Max which SciFi Vision attended.

During the panel, Smart talked about shouldering the responsibility of being the lead of the series and also working with Einbinder. “…Certainly I feel a big responsibility, but it's been so much fun that I haven't really worried about it.  We have an enormous amount of freedom, thanks to our amazing writer/producers and they let us improvise. 

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HBO/HBO Max 2021 Winter TCA Press Tour Panel Interview: Genera+ion

Genera+ionThe first three episodes of the new original series, Genera+ion, premieres on March 11th on HBO Max. Two episodes of the dramedy, which was created by Zelda and Daniel Barnz, who also serve as executive producers, will follow on March 25th, with another on April 1st. The rest of the season will come later in the year. Genera+ion is a 30-minute series that follows a group of diverse high school students and their exploration of their sexuality as they deal with what life brings them.

Stars Nathanya Alexander, Chloe East, Lusitania Maxwell, Haley Sanchez, Uly Schlesinger, Justice Smith, and Chase Sui Wonders, as well as Zelda, Daniel, and executive producer Ben Barnz, recently joined the HBO Max TCA panel to talk about the series with journalists.

Zelda and Daniel Barnz, who are also both writers on the show, talked about balancing the issues of race and sexuality through the eyes of multicultural characters.

According to Zelda, “We drew a lot of inspiration from authenticity and real-world influence when we were writing and creating the show.  I think if you're basing a show off something real and authentic, something that's real and authentic is intersectionality and people who identify across the gender and sexuality spectrum and with different races and different ethnicities.  So, I think it’s important to remember that they're not just people who are straight and gay; there's a whole spectrum and all those identities deserve to be represented.”

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HBO/HBO Max 2021 Winter TCA Press Tour Panel Interview: In Treatment

In TreatmentThis May, the series In Treatment returns for its fourth season to HBO and will also be available to stream on HBO Max.

Although considered a fourth season, this series is a reimagining and is set in present-day Los Angeles. The show stars Uzo Aduba as therapist Dr. Brooke Taylor. Dr. Taylor’s sessions bring diverse patients dealing with modern issues, including the current pandemic and other recent major events.

In preparation of the series premiere, executive producers Jennifer Schuur and Josh Allen, along with star Aduba, recently talked to journalists during a virtual TCA panel as part of the winter press tour which SciFi Vision attended.

The executive producers talked about the decision to not only move the series to Los Angeles, but also the decision to feature a black female therapist and the challenges involved.

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HBO/HBO Max 2021 Winter TCA Press Tour Panel Interview: Mare of Easttown

Mare of EasttownOn Sunday, April 18th, the new series, Mare of Easttown, created by Brad Ingelsby and starring Kate Winslet, will premiere on HBO and be available to stream on HBO Max. The limited series follows Mare (Winslet), as a detective investigating a local murder in Pennsylvania while also dealing with her own problems.

In preparation, Ingelsby, who also serves as a writer and showrunner on the series, as well as executive producer and director Craig Zobel and star Winslet, recently talked to journalists in a virtual TCA panel as part of the winter press tour in which SciFi Vision was able to take part.

When discussing what it was that first interested her in the project, Winslet told SciFi Vision, that when she got sent the first two episodes she was in the middle of filming Ammonite.  “Wrapping my head around how I would make this jump from the character I was playing at the time to being Mare Sheehan, it was like one of the biggest challenges I think I've ever been slapped with.

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Exclusive Video Interview: Singer Jann Arden Stars in Her Own Series, Now on Hulu

Jann ArdenRecently, the CTV series Jann was released on Hulu. The comedy series, starring Jann Arden, follows Jann, a fictionalized version of herself. Jann is a singer-songwriter struggling with the reality that her music career is waning while also juggling her newly single lifestyle and family. Can her new manager help her to reinvent herself and rebrand her image?

Arden recently talked to SciFi Vision in an exclusive interview during a junket at Hulu about working on the series, including how much is from real life, how it came to be, and more.

Be sure to check out Jann, available now on Hulu. You can also read the full transcript below the video.

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Interview: Ron Moore and Ben McGinnis Discuss the New AR App, For All Mankind: Time Capsule, with Journalists

For All Mankind: Time CapsuleToday, Apple held a press junket with creator and executive producer Ron Moore and executive producer Ben McGinnis to talk about the new augmented reality app For All Mankind: Time Capsule, released today, which brings the world of the series right into your home. Through the app you can uncover memories from Danny Stevens (Casey Johnson) and his parents, astronauts Gordo (Michael Dorman) and Tracy Stevens (Sarah Jones), through keepsakes of Danny’s that will give you insight to the events that took place between seasons one and two.

Below is the transcript of the round table discussion in which SciFi Vision took part. Be sure to also check out the official press release and video preview if you haven’t already. The ten-episode second season premieres on Apple TV+ Friday, February 19th.

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Chip and Joanna Gaines to Launch Full Slate of Magnolia Originals in Discovery+ & New Magnolia App 7/15, Magnolia Network Launches in January

Discovery+CHIP AND JOANNA GAINES TO LAUNCH FULL SLATE OF MAGNOLIA ORIGINALS IN DISCOVERY+ AND IN NEW MAGNOLIA APP ON JULY 15, DIY NETWORK TO LAUNCH AS MAGNOLIA NETWORK ON LINEAR IN JANUARY 2022

MAGNOLIA App Will Offer Original Content, Exclusive Workshops and More for discovery+ Subscribers

WACO, TX (February 11, 2021) – Chip and Joanna Gaines’ multiplatform Magnolia joint-venture with Discovery, Inc., today announced a July 15, 2021 launch for MAGNOLIA, a first-of-its-kind, immersive digital brand product providing a home for all things Magnolia, including exclusive workshops, easy-to-use shopping experience and more. Coinciding with the July 15 MAGNOLIA app launch, an expanded slate of Magnolia originals will also be available for streaming on the new app and in discovery+, building on the Magnolia Network Preview currently available in the service Unlimited access to the complete Fixer Upper library will also be available on July 15, via discovery+ and the MAGNOLIA app.
 
Starting in July, discovery+ and the complementary MAGNOLIA app will offer discovery+ subscribers access to Magnolia’s robust slate of original programming—more than 150 hours of premium unscripted content from an ever-growing roster of creators spanning home, food, gardening, design, entrepreneurship and the arts—including the complete first seasons of Fixer Upper: Welcome Home and Magnolia Table with Joanna Gaines, plus highly-anticipated new series Growing Floret, The Lost Kitchen, Homegrown, Family Dinner and Restoration Road with Clint Harp, and more, in addition to the complete Fixer Upper library.

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Discovery+ Announces Robust Slate of Documentaries

Discovery+DISCOVERY+ ANNOUNCES ROBUST SLATE OF DOCUMENTARIES
 
Exclusive discovery+ Docs Feature Award Winners and Festival Favorite Documentary Films From Executive Producers including Paul Rudd, Mariska Hargitay and Jason Momoa

New York, NY – February 11, 2021 – discovery+, the definitive non-fiction, real-life subscription streaming service, announced its feature documentary slate for the first half of 2021 today at TCA. An eclectic curation of festival favorites and award-winning films that will launch exclusively on discovery+ include GROOMED, the powerful story of woman who travels back to her home country to confront her past sexual abuse as a child; MIRACLE FISHINGKIDNAPPED ABROAD, the extraordinary story of a father, kidnapped in Columbia, told through the family’s archival video footage; THE WALRUS AND THE WHISTLEBLOWER, following Phil Demers crusade to free the walrus Smooshie; and MY BEAUTIFUL STUTTER, a film that includes Paul Rudd and Mariska Hargitay among executive producers, highlighting a group children and their inspirational experiences at Camp Say, in New York. The exciting line-up also features GENIUS FACTORY, about the controversial “Nobel Prize sperm bank” of the 1980s and 90s and APOCALYPSE ’45 an emotional recount of the end of World War II by those who lived through it. 
 
“This slate of documentaries is just the beginning for discovery+, as we embark on an ambitious journey to extend our leadership in nonfiction storytelling to the documentary genre,” said Lisa Holme, Group SVP, Content & Commercial Strategy, Discovery. “Discovery sets the bar for a number of unscripted categories, and with our new streaming platform, we can satisfy fans of documentaries in a medium where viewers have shown tremendous appetite for the best docs. Expect to hear much more in the months to come.”

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HBO Documentary Films' The Crime of the Century Debuts This May

Winter TCA 2021 - HBO and HBO MaxToday HBO and HBO Max are holding their annual TCA panels, and SciFi Vision will be attending. Earlier, the networks sent out press releases with their new and returning series/films, most of which are being spotlighted at the panels.

One of these is the documentary film, The Crime of the Century, which debuts this May.  The summary is below and media will be added/updated as embargos are lifted. Please be sure to come back soon for more.

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HBO Drama Series In Treatment, Starring Uzo Aduba, Returns This May

Winter TCA 2021 - HBO and HBO MaxToday HBO and HBO Max are holding their annual TCA panels, and SciFi Vision will be attending. Earlier, the networks sent out press releases with their new and returning series/films, most of which are being spotlighted at the panels.

One of these is the returning series, In Treatment, which returns this May.  The summary is below and media will be added/updated as embargos are lifted. Please be sure to come back soon for more.

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