During a set visit to Ms Fisher’s Modern Murder Mysteries, I got to meet Joel Jackson and Jane Allsop. What fantastic folks! Here are just pieces from our interviews, plus a plea for the show to return.
Pop Culture Stories, Thoughts and Press Releases
It's hard to keep up with the world of pop culture, moreso now that I am working full-time again, but here is my page for current articles and reporting, random thoughts on TV, music, movies, etc. Check out TV Week's website and their Instagram account for more, and you’ll usually find something I worked on with WHO on their website.
Tamara Cullen and I tag-teamed to introduce the second season of Foxtel series Secret City. I hard the pleasure of speaking to some if the show’s talented cast to make the show spotlight happen!
I’ve had luck speaking to young Australian actresses who are achieve successful bi-continental careers, such as Phoebe Tonkin, Tess Haubrich and Bella Heathcoate. Here’s an excerpt from my chat with Bella.
The first thing Samuel Johnson says when our call connects is, “Cynthia! Long time no speak!” He does so in a cheery, friendly voice, albeit a bit out of breath because he’s just been practicing for his Dancing With the Stars debut. Good luck to Sam, who works hard as an actor and a cancer awareness advocate.
I got a chance to meet Australian comedian and actress Geraldine Viswanathan at Stan’s Sydney office to tee off our coverage of the comedy Miracle Workers. Then I binged all of Netflix’s Russian Doll and gave that five stars. Because you should go see it right now!
While Tamara speaks to Joel Creasey about the first time Australia will pick its entrant for Eurovision, I got the scoop from Sheppard and Alfie Arcuri on their approaches to song-writing for the annual song contest.
The last time I spoke with Ryan Eggold, he was still playing Tom Keen on The Blacklist. Now he’s a doc in New Amsterdam, a show that has been a hit in the US and has come to Australia. I also preview the Grammys, which is strange because I’m used to writing about it after the fact!
Thanks to Jenny Cooney Carrillo for her interviews with the cast of On the Basis of Sex, which I incorporated into this movie preview.
A fun chat with Celia Pacquola and Luke McGregor kicks off Rosehaven’s third season coverage, and I got to write the Entertainment spread.
Oh, why not—one more MKR story for the road!
It is so much fun compiling the elements that go on The Edit spread in TV WEEK Close Up, and having Julia Zemiro do our guest column was just awesome.
Ben Lawson is a total charmer. May I interview him more often! Here is a chat pegged to his appearance in The Good Place. I also commissioned Dave Brown to do this comparison on No Activity US v Australian editions.
Adam Hills shares memories from the original run of Spicks and Specks on the eve of a reunion special.
Writing about very different shows this week. I liked being able to include some chats with Deborah Ann Woll and Elden Henson for Daredevil.
Veteran TV WEEK writer Helen Vnuk and I teamed up to mark the end of period drama A Place to Call Home.
Another interview I wish I could have more space for! Absolutely loved speaking with Jodie Whittaker, the new Doctor Who.
My chat with Kat Hoyos is on the right; Thomas Mitchell’s take on Ladies In Black is on the left!
I wish I had more room to write about the return of this excellent sketch show!
After speaking with Rove for Pilot Week, I asked him about shows that influenced him.