Discovery+ 2021 Winter TCA Press Tour Panel Interview: Magnolia Network & Chip & Joanna Gaines

Magnolia NetworkOn Thursday, it was announced that on July 15th Magnolia Network, a joint venture between Chip and Joanna Gaines and Discovery, Inc., will be launching on Discovery+ and the MAGNOLIA app with its full slate of original programming and will replace the Magnolia Network preview that is currently inside Discovery+. Both apps will offer unlimited access to its complete collection of programming and will be at no additional cost to Discovery+ subscribers. Magnolia will also include immersive content such as workshops, recipes, shoppable features, and more. The official launch of its linear TV home with the rebrand of DIY Network will be in January 2022.

Chip and Joanna Gaines, as well as president of Magnolia Network, Allison Page, participated in a Discovery+ TCA panel to talk about what’s to come for their immersive brand and original programming.

Joanna talked to SciFi Vision about the interactive part of Magnolia Network. “I think for us, we've been spending so much time on building this library of content.  I think one thing that we really felt like [has] always been important for us at Magnolia, is giving people the tools, the next steps to be able to say, ‘Hey, I'm inspired by that, but now I want to go do it.’

“So, the workshops are going to be that tangible tool where we're going to have people who really know their trade, whether that's design, cooking, painting, whatever it is, so that if you're wanting to kind of deep dive into some of these topics or subjects and learn more about it, you can almost be taught by the experts. 

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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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Exclusive: Ron Moore and Maril Davis Talk Season 2 of For All Mankind, Premiering 2/19

For All MankindOn Friday, February 19, the drama For All Mankind will return for season two to Apple TV+. The series is an alternate take on the global space race where the USSR beat the US to the moon. Season two picks up in 1983 at the height of the Cold War, a decade after the events in season one.

The series was created by Ronald D. Moore, Ben Nedivi, and Matt Wolpert. Moore, along with Maril Davis, who both serve as two of the executive producers on the show, recently talked to SciFi Vision in an exclusive interview during a press junket for the series about the ideas behind the show, blending real life events with fantasy, and more.

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NBC 2021 Winter TCA Press Tour Panel Interview - Debris

DebrisMarch 1, the new science fiction series, Debris, comes to NBC. In the show, the wreckage from a destroyed alien ship has fallen from the sky. Two agents, Bryan Beneventi (Jonathan Tucker) from the US and Finola Jones (Riann Steele) from the UK, must come together to work to find each piece of debris that messes with the laws of physics, as well as people’s lives.

Recently, SciFi Vision was able to attend the Debris panel during the TCAs at which stars Tucker and Steele, as well as executive producer J.H. Wyman, took part in a Q&A.

Wyman said that when they first shopped the show, NBC they said that they wanted a show that would “break boundaries” and was “artist-driven.”

He said that they are all really excited about the series. “It speaks to things that I think aren't really out there right now. There's a hope and a concept that maybe there's something out there that we don't know that we don't know, and that is something that I think is intriguing enough.”

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Exclusive: Sean Patrick Flanery Talks Born a Champion, Out Now

Sean Patrick FlaneryToday, Lionsgate’s Born a Champion was released on DVD and Blu-ray. The inspirational martial arts film, written by star Sean Patrick Flanery and director Alex Ranarivelo, follows fighting legend Mickey Kelley (Flanery), who loses an unsanctioned fight in Dubai with Marco Blaine and is left with serious injuries that almost left him blind. Years later, a video is unearthed that proves Blaine cheated. Everyone wants a rematch, including Kelley, who never quite got over the loss, but can he get back into shape and win the match without destroying himself in the process?

Flanery recently talked to SciFi Vision in an exclusive video interview about his work on the film, how his life has been affected by MMA, working with his sons, and more.

Be sure to check out Born a Champion, available now on digital, on demand, and on DVD and Blu-ray. You can also check out the full transcript of the interview below the video.

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