James Roday on "WWE Tough Enough" & Season 6 of "Psych"

By Jamie Ruby

James Roday James Roday is probably best known for his role of Shawn Spencer on the television series, Psych, which he has also written and directed for, but he has also previously worked on other series such as First Years, Providence, and more recently Love Bites. He has also done work in film, starring in Rolling Kansas, and appearing in other movies such as The Dukes of Hazzard and Gamer. He also cowrote the screenplay for the movie Skin Walkers.

Roday recently sat down with the digital media to discuss season six of Psych, as well as his upcoming part on USA Network's reality series, WWE Tough Enough.

Roday first studied theater in college and was lucky to get a break quickly after. "I went to NYU and studied theater. Somehow I made it through all four years and, you know, started the thing that you do when you’re done with college and horrified that real life is starting. I had a bartending job in New York, I got an agent a very tiny agency, and - that mostly represented opera singers, if I remember correctly.

"And started getting sent out, mostly television stuff, and you know I have one of those 1 in 100,000 stories where I actually got the first job that I auditioned for, which you know it was a TV Pilot, which sent me to L.A., which you know ultimately got me a much bigger agent, and then I was sort of off and running.

"It’s not the most popular story to tell in a room full of actors, but the truth is I got really, really lucky and I was very blessed and, you know, after about a year of living the life of a struggling actor in New York, I was in L.A. with a job. So...it kind of worked out for me."

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Tyler Robinson: No regrets leaving "The Voice" Plus Mahoney, Ramsey, & Dawson

By Karen Moul

The VoiceThe Voice
has entered the battle rounds, with the first four contestants eliminated in head-to-head singing competition. Although it's tough to be among the first to go, Tyler Robinson has no regrets.

A fan favorite for his open and quirky personality, Tyler drew a tough assignment when coach Blake Shelton pitted him against country singer Patrick Thomas. During the episode, Tyler struggled a bit at first with an unfamiliar song, Elvis Presley's "Burning Love."

"The song was so far away from anything I've ever sang in my life before. That was the first hurdle that I had to go over," says Tyler.

But it was a challenge he could accept. "It's a competition.They want to push us to be our best and to make us work really hard because if you don't do that then what's the point of the competition? I was obviously given a song that was really far out of my box and I think I took it and I really did my best with it.

"Most people who cover Elvis either end up sounding like Elvis or like karaoke," he continues. "And I'm not saying that Patrick sounded like that because he sounded really great. But I just think that I did my best with it and I was actually really happy with the song choice after working with it.

"I couldn't have been happier with my performance," Tyler adds. And the other coaches seemed to agree, as Christina, Cee Lo, and Adam all indicated they would have awarded Tyler the win. But the only opinion that counted was Blake's, and he chose Patrick.

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The Voice: Tension Mounts During the Battle Rounds - Colon, Nakia, Robinson, & McClellan

By Karen Moul

The VoiceThis week's episode of The Voice continues with the battle rounds – two artists sing the same song and one goes home. If the blind audition was stressful, the battle rounds escalate the tension to a new level as the contestants battle each other head-to-head.

Tyler Robinson says "It's a whole different game with the battle round. Now that everyone can see you it's still about the voice, but it's [also] about performance quality, it's about your look, it's about everything now.

"And the performance quality just has to be really high because that's how you're going to win something like this."

Javier Colon, an early favorite to win the entire contest, is also feeling the pressure. "You have to have your game at a raised level basically at all times," he says. "You just have to give your 100% to 110% every single time you step on stage. It's game time and you know that you could go home at any point. So you just have to make sure that you are your absolute best."

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"The Voice": Fierce But Friendly Competition: Davis, Jenkins, Rey, & Thomas

By Karen Moul

The VoiceWhat distinguishes The Voice from other talent competitions, such as American Idol or America's Got Talent?

For starters, the celebrity judges aren't judges at all, they're coaches. In the first two weeks, Christina Aguilera, Cee Lo Green, Blake Shelton and Maroon 5's Adam Levine drafted their teams based solely on singing ability. In the next phase of the show, the coaches will groom their singers but will also pit them against each other in head-to-head battles, cutting their teams down to the strongest vocalists.

The Voice is also distinguished by not pretending to be about raw, undiscovered talent. The creators make no apologies for including contestants who have already released albums or sung professionally. The most recognizable performer is Frenchie Davis, a contestant on season two of American Idol who has also performed on Broadway. Javier Colon has released two albums with Capitol Records, and Kelsey Rey was a YouTube sensation. But don't consider them favorites to win – they're up against an array of talented newcomers who wowed the audience, and at this early stage the competition is wide open.

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Voice Correspondent Alison Haislip Dishes on The Voice

By Jamie Ruby

Alison HaislipAlison Haislip is probably best known for her work on G4, where as a correspondent she has covered everything from E3 to Comic-Con, and where she also is also a cohost of Attack of the Show! Haislip's newest endeavor is as the Social Media Online Correspondent, also known as the V Correspondent, for NBC's new reality competition, The Voice.

Haislip recently talked to the digital press about her work on the series.

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Exclusive: Cody Deal Talks "Almighty Thor" and His Journey to Success

Fandom Access: Exclusive Interview with Cody Deal  - 5/5/11
Interview by Jamie Ruby, Karen Moul, and AJ Grillo
Written by Jamie Ruby

Cody DealThis weekend marks not just the release of the highly anticipated Thor in theaters, but also a smaller budget version of the Norse myth called Almighty Thor, premiering May 7th, on Syfy. The Marvel version may have a much larger budget (Almighty Thor was shot for around $500,000 and in an impressive twelve days), but Syfy's version has something that Marvel's doesn't. Cody Deal, an amazing new comer, whose enthusiasm and charm are enough to make Almighty Thor, a different take on the myth, worth a watch.

Deal was born in Oklahoma. After only a few years he and his family moved to the small Midwestern town, Sedan, Kansas. He graduated in 2004 as valedictorian as well as a 1st-Team All-Star athlete.

Deal was an athlete for most of the early part of his life and had a desire to play in the NFL, and went to Butler College in El Dorado on scholarship in both basketball and football. Unfortunately, his sports career camed to an end when he fractured his hand and forearm during football and also sustained other injuries from his other hobby of free-diving.

It was then that Deal and his brothers began creating short films, a step up from their younger years of filming their own 'Pay Per View' wrestling matches. His mother suggested at this point that he should take acting seriously, but Deal did not take her advice and moved to Wichita, and later, to Las Vegas to pursue a modeling career.

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Star Cody Deal & Director Chris Ray talk "Almighty Thor"

Almighty ThorWhile Marvel's Thor is premiering in theaters across the country, Syfy will be premiering their own version, Almighty Thor, this Saturday, May 7th, at 9/8c pm. The film follows Thor as he is forced to become a warrior and hero to retrieve the Hammer of Invincibility and save Asgard and The Tree of Life. The film, which was written by Eric Forsberg and directed by Christopher Ray, stars new comer Cody Deal as Thor, Richard Grieco as Loki, Patricia Velasquez as Jarnsaxa, and Kevin Nash as Odin.

Cody Deal and Christopher Ray recently sat down with the digital media, including Scifi Vision and Media Blvd, to talk about film.

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Exclusive: Writer Eric Forsberg Talks "Almighty Thor"

Fandom Access: Exclusive Interview with Eric Forsberg  - 5/4/11
Interview by Jamie Ruby and Karen Moul

Written by Jamie Ruby

Eric ForsbergAlmighty Thor follows the title character, played by Cody Deal, as he becomes the hero that we know him to be today. The movie will premiere tonight on Syfy. The writer of the film, Eric Forsberg, joined Fandom Access this week to discuss the movie.

The Almighty Thor is different than the marvel movie, because is based on the Norse myth as opposed to the comic books. "It's Almighty Thor; it's the Norse myth. There's a big difference between this Almighty Thor and the Thor Marvel movie that's coming out. That movie is based on the comic book, and that comic book took the character from the myth, and then created a story that imposed upon the character in order to create the identity of the human that was secretly Thor. And I didn't go that route at all; I went straight for the myth. The end of the world. One of the things about the Norse myths is that they're all about the Tree of Life supporting all the worlds on it until finally the fated and predetermined end of all time will occur in a great and final battle called Ragnarok. And when it's over, boom, the universe is gone. And so I took that theme and built on that and I have Thor being a young inexperienced god, the youngest son of Odin (Kevin Nash), and he because Ragnarok comes upon them is forced to step up to the plate and find the powerful god of the Asgard, or Valhalla, he has to find that god within him and really he fights and struggles through the whole movie to discover his inner power and he perseveres. So that's much more like the type of Thor that is in the myth than the comic book Thor."

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Bobby Flay on "America's Next Great Restaurant"

Bobby FlayBobby Flay is well known in the food world, and for most is a household name. He not only owns multiple restaurants around the country, has appeared on many shows, and published multiple books, but he has also had quite a few of his own cooking shows, and hosted many as well. He is probably at the moment best known for his series Throwdown with Bobby Flay and as one of the Iron Chefs. He also recently hosted The Next Food Network Star, which will enter its seventh season this June. He even guest starred on Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.

Flay now hosts America's Next Great Restaurant on NBC, which will air its season finale tonight. America's Next Great Restaurant is a reality competition where contestants compete to make their restaurant concepts become a reality. The winner will have their idea turned into three restaurants in Los Angeles, New York City, and Minneapolis, all of which will open for business tomorrow.

Flay sat down with the digital media to talk about America's Next Great Restaurant's season finale.

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Amanda Tapping & Robin Dunne on the Return of "Sanctuary"

By Jamie Ruby

SanctuaryAnyone who has watched Syfy in recent years already knows who Amanda Tapping and Robin Dunne are. Stars of Syfy's Sanctuary, Tapping, probably best known for her work in Stargate: SG-1 and more recently Syfy's web series Riese, and Dunne, who fans should recognize from his lead role in Syfy's Beyond Sherwood Forest, sat down with the digital media last week to talk about the series. As of Friday, Sanctuary premiered the second half of its third season. The series has already been renewed four a fourth season, for which the cast has already begun table reads.

Sanctuary was originally written as a web series before it was made into a full television series, but things have changed since then, according to Tapping. "We were I think a bit ahead of our time in terms of how to monetize on the web, in terms of utilizing - social networking even has changed since Sanctuary first came out. I mean Twitter and Facebook and all that has blown up way bigger than what it was when we started.

"So, I think the possibilities on the web are far greater now than they were. And, I think it's an amazing tool. Riese is another prime example of a web series done well - with good production value...They've got amazing production values and they were able to utilize the web as an advertising tool. And it brought them the notoriety of the networks, which is much the same as what happened with Sanctuary. And I think it's just going to happen more and more. It's an amazing tool.

"But what I think is going to happen - I think the paradigm really is starting to shift, where shows will live and breathe and stay on the web. That they don't necessary have to transition to television. That there will be a whole contingent of not just you know, the squirrel riding a skateboard on You Tube kind of shows, but real production value on the Web in ongoing series."

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