Cast and Director Talk Safe Room, Premiering Tonight on Lifetime

Safe RoomIf you’re looking for some great new dramas to add to your watchlist, Lifetime’s got you covered. The network has announced a slate of six original movies rolling out over the next few weeks. The diverse lineup includes plenty of suspense and surprises, so get comfy and grab your remote!

First up is Safe Room, premiering tonight at 8:00 Eastern/7:00 Central. The thriller stars Nicole Ari Parker (Chicago P.D., Empire) as Lila Jackson, a newly widowed mom raising her autistic son. When Ian (Nik Sanchez, The Rookie) witnesses a killing, Lila must protect him from two intruders looking to silence them. The thriller also stars Drea de Matteo (The Sopranos), Mackenzie Astin (The Magicians) and Boris Kodjoe (Station 19, Soul Food), who also makes his directorial debut.

The chemistry among the cast was apparent in a Zoom call with journalists. Kodjoe and Ari Parker have been married for 15 years, while de Mateo and Astin have known each other forever.

“I think the universe helped establish the chemistry,” Astin told SciFi Vision. “Drea and I have known each other for about twenty years,” he said. “I actually sort of got this job because Drea recommended me."

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Exclusive Video Interview: The Expanse’s Creative Team on the “Incredibly Satisfying and Very Earned” Series Finale

***Warning: This story contains major spoilers for the series finale of The Expanse.***

Ty Franck, Daniel Abraham, & Naren ShankarThe Expanse
’s series finale is out today on Prime Video, and it doesn’t disappoint. The episode is chock full of the thrilling action scenes, narrow escapes and quality effects we’ve come to expect from this fantastic series. And when the war for control of the Belt is finally over, the conflict ends with a deft political maneuver that would make Chrisjen Avasarala proud.

SciFi Vision spoke with the show’s creative team – series creators Ty Franck and Daniel Abraham and showrunner Naren Shankar – about captain Camina Drummer (Cara Gee)’s key role this season. Drummer lost everything: her home, her friends, her family, and everything she thought she knew about the Belt – before becoming a key player in the solar system’s new order. 

“One of the terrible things in fiction is being a protagonist,” Abraham deadpanned. “Things never go well for you.”

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Exclusive Video Interview: The Expanse’s Nadine Nicole & Wes Chatham on Their Characters' Friendship

***The video part of the interview contains spoilers for 6.06***

Nadine Nicole & Wes ChathamOver the past three seasons, fans of The Expanse have watched Amos, played by Wes Chatham, grow into a friend and mentor to Clarissa, played by Nadine Nicole, much as Naomi (Dominique Tipper) was to him back in season one. Clarissa's relationship with captain James Holden (Steven Strait) is complicated (remember when she framed him for mass murder?), but she’s making a real effort to settle in with the Roci crew. So, how much is her relationship with Amos responsible for her ability to set aside revenge and become a better person?

“I would say most of it, if not all,” said actress Nadine Nicole in a recent exclusive interview with SciFi Vision. “She'd pretty much given up on any second chances until someone thought that she might deserve that and gave it to her.”

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Exclusive: Teresa Palmer on the Impact of Motherhood & More on A Discovery of Witches

Teresa PalmerToday, the final season of A Discovery of Witches, based on the trio of novels by Deborah Harkness, premieres on AMC+, Sundance Now, and Shudder in the US.

When witch Diana, played by Teresa Palmer, and vampire Matthew (Matthew Goode) return from 1590 to their own time to continue their hunt to recover the elusive Ashmole 782, Diana is already pregnant. Now having the experience of being a mother in real life, Palmer was impacted in the way she played the character this season, the actress told Jamie Ruby of SciFi Vision in an exclusive interview. “I got to dive back into the feelings of becoming a mother for the first time,” said Palmer, “because that's a very special certain feeling of newness, newness and anticipation and excitement. Also, you're very nervous, and you're trying to find your footing.”

The actress also said that she played a big part in the way the birthing scene comes to fruition. “I met with the writers; I met with Deb, and I just kind of folded in some of the sisterhood element to the birth experience and incorporating Alex Kingston in the birth a lot, that real sort of [feminine] divine energy that sort of takes over when you give birth, or when some women give birth, and I wanted that experience for Diana on screen.”

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Exclusive Video Interview: The Expanse’s Shohreh Aghdashloo on Avasarala’s Surprising Proposal

***The following interview contains spoilers for 6.05***

Shohreh AghdashlooWith just six episodes this season, The Expanse is barreling toward its series finale faster than a slingshot racer on the Jupiter-6 run.  This week, the penultimate episode, “Why We Fight,” finally brought Chrisjen Avasarala and Camina Drummer together in a moment that was worth waiting for. Their meeting on Ceres was a brief scene loaded with six seasons of political conflict and personal loss.

Throughout the series, Avasarala has lost her son, her marriage, her position, and power. Her planet was attacked, her people devastated, and her husband killed. SciFi Vision asked actress Shohreh Aghdashloo in an exclusive interview what drives Chrisjen to continue to lead in the face of such tremendous cost, and what brought her to an alliance with Drummer’s fleet. 

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Exclusive Video Interview: The Expanse’s Strait & Tipper Discuss Holden’s Decision & Naomi’s Reaction

***The following interview contains spoilers for episodes 6.03 and 6.04***

Steven Strait and Dominique TipperMidway through season six, The Expanse’s war for control of the Belt and the rings turned personal for Jim Holden (Steven Strait).  In episode 6.03, “Force Projection,” with the Pella in his sights, Holden had a choice: act as a captain and kill Marco Inaros (Keon Alexander), or act as Naomi’s (Dominique Tipper) partner and spare her son, Filip Inaros (Jasai Chase-Owens).

Holden made his choice but told nobody, knowing most of his crew would not approve. He had to know that someone would follow up on the dud torpedo sooner or later, and sure enough, the secret’s out in the next episode 6.04, “Redoubt”. And while Holden did what he did for Naomi, her reaction took him by surprise.

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Exclusive Video Interview: Writer and Director Mattson Tomlin on Inspiration for Mother/Android & More

Mattson TomlinMother/Android, which is set in the near future, shows events unfolding when androids, which were built to serve man, revolt and start killing all the humans. The narrative follows a young couple, Georgia (Chloe Grace Moretz) and Sam (Algee Smith) as they cross the country looking for a safe haven before their baby is born.

According to writer and director Mattson Tomlin, screenwriter of the upcoming The Batman movie, Mother/Android was inspired by the story of his birth parents. “The movie started as a love letter to my biological parents,” he told Jamie Ruby of SciFi Vision in an exclusive interview. “I wanted to talk about my own adoption story. I was born [right] after the Romanian revolution, and this very young couple found themselves pregnant with the world totally on fire in this kind of unprecedented situation. They were nineteen years old, and being I was twenty-seven or twenty-eight when I started writing the script, I just had a little bit more perspective on how young nineteen actually is for the first time. So, it was always, ‘I want to tell that story, and I want to make something for them, but I want to do it in a way that is going to be fun and entertaining and kind of throws down the gauntlet for the kind of filmmaker that I want to be.’ And that's that's how it was born.”

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Video Interview: Marigo Kehoe & Mike Weber Talk The Wheel of Time, Now on Prime Video

Wheel of TimeBased on the book series by Robert Jordan, The Wheel of Time is set in a fantastical world where magic exists, but only some can wield it. The story follows Moiraine of the Aes Sendai (Rosamund Pike), a group of women who can channel the One Power. With the help of her Warder, Lan (Daniel Henney), she must find the Dragon Reborn, the reincarnation of a channeler who is prophesied to either save the world from the Dark One or destroy it. In the village of Two Rivers, they come across five young men and women, believing one of them of could be the one they are looking for.

In adapting fourteen books into a television series, it’s extremely important to set the right pace and take the right pieces. Executive producers Mike Weber and Marigo Kehoe talked to Jamie Ruby of SciFi Vision during a roundtable about how they decide what to use. According to Weber, “I think it comes out of, what's the best way to tell a story and what's the best way to have a season unfold to the best dramatic effect for an audience that has seen a lot of fantasy,” said Weber. “I mean, there're a lot of shows that have sort of come before this, so it's having it sort of be premium and be excellent for the non-fans and the fans alike. So, choices like that, I think sort of influence what plot was brought up and what characters were made to sort of service that.”

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Exclusive Video Interview: Moretz, Smith, & Castillo Talk Mother/Android, Now Available on Hulu

Mother/AndroidWritten and directed by Mattson Tomlin, the science fiction film Mother/Android premieres today on Hulu. The movie takes place in the near future when artificially intelligent androids made to help humans revolt and start killing everyone. The story follows a pregnant Georgia, played by Chloë Grace Moretz, and her boyfriend Sam, played by Algee Smith, leading up to days before the baby's birth when they must cross into android territory to make it to safety.

Tomlin being at the forefront of the project is what originally drew her to the film, Moretz told Jamie Ruby of SciFi Vision during an exclusive video interview. “Of course, the story was incredibly well written,” said the actress, “I thought the script was beautiful, but it was my conversation with Mattson that followed that. To hear his personal connection to the story and why he wrote the script and how it's based on his family and what he's been through, I knew immediately that it was a project that I couldn't ever say no to. I needed to be Georgia, and I felt such a palpable connection in that moment, that I knew that there was there was no other option, for sure.”

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Rob Collins, Shantae Barnes-Cowan, & Yael Stone Talk Firebite, Premiering Tonight on AMC

FirebiteThe series Firebite, which premieres tonday on AMC+, is a vampire series set in a remote desert mining town where the creatures take shelter from the sun in underground mines and tunnels. War is coming to the town as their numbers grow and vampire hunters Tyson, played by Rob Collins, and Shanika, played by Shantae Barnes-Cowan) take up the fight.

According to Collins, who talked to Jamie Ruby of SciFi Vision during a recent roundtable interview, it was both because of Australia’s Warwick Thorton, who created the series, and the subject matter that he joined the cast. “I'd always wanted to work with him. I got a small taste of it on an Australian series called Mystery Road, the second series. He's kind of just one of our go-to amazing directors. So, there was that and vampire killer. So, those two things combined, I just had to do this project.”

Yael Stone, who plays Eleona on the series, told the SciFi Vision that Thorton was also a draw for her as was the unique take on the vampire story. “The scripts that I was sent were just so fascinating. I just felt like we have not done this before. We've not addressed Indigenous Australian history and a kind of violent colonial Australian history in this way before, using a vampire metaphor before, and I think it's extraordinarily creative. It's a really clever way in telling that story, and it's got heaps of joy and laughs and fun, and then, at it’s heart, it's got this incredibly powerful and incredibly serious metaphor as well.”

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