Still Watching: True Detective

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 Sep 6, 2018
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Vanity Fair critics Joanna Robinson and Richard Lawson break down HBO's True Detective, Season 3 with interviews with the cast and crew, episode-by-episode analysis, and informed theorizing.

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True Detective Season 3 - "The Final Country" with Daniel Sackheim
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Joanna Robinson and Richard Lawson discuss "The Final Country" the seventh and penultimate episode of the third season of True Detective, HBO's mystery anthology series.<br><br>More of the mystery unravels through all three time periods. Amelia makes some important discoveries while researching for her book. An argument breaks apart a partnership. A secret in the woods.<br><br>This week's interview features director Daniel Sackheim, who directed four of the eight episodes this season including "The Final Country"
Feb 18, 2019
True Detective Season 3 - "Hunters In the Dark"
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Joanna Robinson and Richard Lawson discuss "Hunters In The Dark" the sixth episode of the third season of True Detective, HBO's mystery anthology series.<br>Things seem to wrap up in 1980, while the 1990 case surges forward thanks to Cousin Dan and a tall tale involving Lucy's former employer. In 2015, bodies have piled up. Things look bleak for Tom.
Feb 11, 2019
True Detective Season 3 - "If You Have Ghosts" with Scoot McNairy
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Joanna Robinson and Richard Lawson discuss "If You Have Ghosts" the fifth episode of the third season of True Detective, HBO's mystery anthology series.<br>Showrunner Nic Pizzolatto continues his run as writer/director. The situation at Woodard's blows up, Julie sees someone on TV, Old Man Stephen Dorff shows up.<br>This episode features an interview with Scoot McNairy who plays Tom Purcell.
Feb 01, 2019
True Detective Season 3 - "The Hour and the Day" with Michael Greyeyes
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Joanna Robinson and Richard Lawson discuss "The Hour and the Day" the fourth episode of the third season of True Detective, HBO's mystery anthology series.<br>Showrunner Nic Pizzolatto steps into the directing chair and allows David Milch to share a co-writing credit. Hays and West see a possible connection between the local church and the Purcell crimes; as the detectives search for one suspect and round up another for interrogation, Woodard is targeted by a vigilante group.<br>This episode features an interview with Michael Greyeyes who plays Brett Woodard.<br>For 50% off your first month of personalized Care/of vitamins, go to <a href="https://takecareof.com/">TakeCareOf.com</a> and enter WATCHING50 at checkout.<br>This week's episode was brought to you in part by Audible. Go to <a href="http://audible.com/watching">Audible.com/WATCHING</a> or text WATCHING to 500500 and listen for a change.<br><br><br><br>
Jan 28, 2019
True Detective Season 3 - "The Big Never" with Ray Fisher
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Jan 21, 2019
True Detective Season 3 - "Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye"
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Joanna Robinson and Richard Lawson discuss "Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye" the second episode of the third season of True Detective, HBO's mystery anthology series.<br><br>Directed by Daniel Sackheim, Hays recalls his early romance with Amelia, as well as cracks in their relationship that surfaced after they married; ten years after the Purcell crimes, new evidence emerges, giving Hays a second chance to vindicate himself and the investigation.&nbsp;<br><br>This episode includes an interview with Ray Fisher, who plays Detective Hays' son Henry in the 2015 timeline.
Jan 14, 2019
True Detective Season 3 - "The Great War and Modern Memory"
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Joanna Robinson and Richard Lawson discuss "The Great War and Modern Memory" the first episode of the third season of True Detective, HBO's mystery anthology series.<br><br>Director Jeremy Saulnier and writer/creator Nic Pizzolatto introduce audiences to the setting and mystery for this season, which will see Detective Wayne Hays (Mahershala Ali) revisit a crime in the Ozarks in three different time periods.<br><br>This week's podcast episode features an interview with Mamie Gummer, who plays Lucy Purcell this season. The interview starts ar 48 minutes and 52 seconds in.
Jan 14, 2019
The Romanoffs - "The One That Holds Everything" and 2018 Wrap-Up
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Joanna Robinson and Richard Lawson discuss The One that Holds Everything" the finale episode of the Amazon original series The Romanoffs.&nbsp;<br><br>This episode -&nbsp; featuring Hugh Skinner, Hera Hilmar and Ben Miles&nbsp; - In a story that circles the globe, a man tries to escape a family curse..<br><br>After discussing the episode, Joanna and Richard reflect back on 2018's Still Watching season (and what makes a good Still Watching show), then tease what's coming in 2019.
Dec 06, 2018
The Romanoffs - "End of the Line" with Annet Mahendru
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Joanna Robinson and Richard Lawson discuss "End of the Line" the penultimate episode of the Amazon original series The Romanoffs.&nbsp;<br><br>This episode -&nbsp; featuring Katheryn Hahn, Jay Ferguson, Annet Mahendru, and Clea Duvall&nbsp; - On a trip abroad to pursue their legacy, a couple faces destruction.<br><br>This week's interview is with Annet Mahendru who plays Elena Evanovich. The interview starts at 26 minutes and 39 seconds in.
Nov 16, 2018
The Romanoffs - "Panorama" with Radha Mitchell
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Joanna Robinson and Richard Lawson discuss "Panorama" the sixth episode of the Amazon original series The Romanoffs.&nbsp;<br>In this episode -&nbsp; featuring Griffen Dunne, David Sutcliffe, Juan Pablo Castañeda, and Radha Mitchell&nbsp; - In Mexico City, an idealistic reporter falls in love with his mysterious subject.<br>This week's interview is with Radha Mitchell who plays Victoria Hayward. The interview starts at 39 minutes in.
Nov 09, 2018
The Romanoffs - "Bright and High Circle" with Andrew Rannells
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Joanna Robinson and Richard Lawson discuss "Bright and High" the fifth episode of the Amazon original series The Romanoffs. In this episode -&nbsp; featuring Diane Lane, Ron Livingston, and Andrew Rannells - A trusted friend under suspicion tests the loyalties of a tightly-knit community.<br>This week's interview is with Andrew Rannells who plays Alex Myers. The interview starts at 33 minutes and 53 seconds in.
Nov 02, 2018
The Romanoffs - "Expectation" with Amanda Peet
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Joanna Robinson and Richard Lawson discuss "Expectation" the third episode of the Amazon original series The Romanoffs. In this episode, featuring Amanda Peet, Jon Tenny, Emily Rudd, and John Slattery - Julia Wells has a secret with Slattery's Romanoff historian from "The Royal We".&nbsp;<br>This week's interview is with Amanda Peet who plays Julian Wells. The interview starts at 18 minutes and 9 seconds in.
Oct 26, 2018
The Romanoffs - "House of Special Purpose" with Jack Huston
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Joanna Robinson and Richard Lawson discuss "House of Special Purpose" the third episode of the Amazon original series The Romanoffs. In this episode, featuring Christina Hendricks, Isabelle Huppert , Jack Huston, and Paul Reiser, a movie star and a director go head to head in a battle over what is real.<br>This week's interview is with Jack Huston who plays Samuel Ryan. The interview starts at 41 minutes and 25 seconds in.
Oct 19, 2018
The Romanoffs - "The Violet Hour" and "The Royal We" with Kerry Bishé
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Joanna Robinson and Richard Lawson discuss "A Violet Hour" and "The Royal We," the two episodes of the Amazon original series The Romanoffs. In "A Violet Hour," featuring&nbsp; Aaron Eckhart, Marthe Keller, and Louise Bourgoin, an ancestral home holds the key to a family's future. In "The Royal We," Shelly (Kerry Bishé) is on a themed cruise by herself after he husband Michael (Corey Stoll) finds an excuse to cancel.<br>This week's interview is with Kerry Bishé who plays Shelly in "The Royal We"
Oct 12, 2018
Fall TV: The Good Place with Michael Schur
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Joanna Robinson and Richard Lawson are taking time before a new season of Still Watching to survey the Fall TV landscape and catch up with some returning favorites.&nbsp;<br><br>This week: NBC's The Good Place is back for its third season on NBC. Covering the first three episodes of the season (up through October 4th's episode), it's time to check in on Eleanor (Kristen Bell) and the others as they get a new outlook on life. This week's interview is series creator Michael Shur, who talks about the new season of television's feel-good show and expanding the cast while allowing for returning favorites in the new setting.<br><br>Michael Schur interview starts at 13 minutes and 18 seconds.<br><br><br><br><br>
Oct 05, 2018
Fall TV: Maniac with Julia Garner and Cary Fukunaga
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Joanna Robinson and Richard Lawson are taking time before a new season of Still Watching to survey the Fall TV landscape and catch up with some returning favorites. <br><br>This week: Netflix's limited series <em>Maniac</em>, featuring Jonah Hill and Emma Stone caught in Justin Theroux and Sonoya Mizuno's wacky drug trial. The show takes on mental illness while allowing for genre fun with the characters and a tour-de-force Emma Stone performance. Also included embedded in this week's episode is a Billy Magnussen appreciation section. This week's interviews are actress Julia Garner, who plays multiple characters on the show, and director Cary Fukunaga.<br>Julia Garner interview begins at 17 minutes and 47 seconds.<br>Cary Fukunaga interview begins at 37 minutes and 53 seconds.<br>This episode is brought to you by <em>The Sinner.</em><br>
Sep 23, 2018
Fall TV: American Vandal, Season 2 with Tyler Alvarez
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Joanna Robinson and Richard Lawson are taking time before a new season of Still Watching to survey the Fall TV landscape and catch up with some returning favorites. <br><br>This week, American Vandal, Season 2 is on Netflix. The Peabody Award winning series follows up the mystery of who drew the dicks with another true crime story from high school. This time Peter and Sam head to a private Catholic High School to solve the poop-related crimes. This week's interview is with actor Tyler Alvarez, who plays Peter Maldonado in both seasons.<br><br>Interview begins at 21 minutes and 36 seconds.<br><br>This episode is brought to you by <em>The Sinner.</em>
Sep 17, 2018
Fall TV: Ozark
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Joanna Robinson and Richard Lawson are taking time before a new season of Still Watching to survey the Fall TV landscape and catch up with some returning favorites. <br><br>This week, Richard introduces Joanna to Ozark, the Netflix crime series that follows the Byrdes (Jason Bateman and Laura Linney) who move to the Missouri Ozarks and become entangled in shady business like money laundering and drug cartels.<br><br>This episode is brought to you by <em>The Sinner.</em>
Sep 10, 2018
Sharp Objects - "Milk" with Marti Noxon, Eliza Scanlen, and Jean Marc Vallee
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Joanna Robinson and Richard Lawson discuss "Milk" the eighth and final episode of the HBO original series <em>Sharp Objects</em>. Camille offers herself to Adora to try and save Amma. The solution to the mystery is revealed. This week's episode includes three interviews - series creator Marti Noxon, actor Eliza Scanlen (Amma), and series director Jean Marc Vallee.<br><br>Marti Noxon interview begins at 13 minutes and 38 seconds in.<br>Eliza Scanlen interview begins at 50 minutes in.<br>Jean Marc Vallee interview begins at 1 hour, 26 and a half minutes in
Aug 27, 2018
Sharp Objects - "Falling" with Patricia Clarkson
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Joanna Robinson and Richard Lawson discuss "Falling" the seventh episode of the HBO original series <em>Sharp Objects</em>. Consequences from last week's party begin to reveal a dark secret at the heart of Camille's family. This week's interview is actor Patricia Clarkson who talks about dancing and bringing Adora to life without having read the book.<br><br>Interview begins at 52 and a half minutes in.<br>Spoilers begin at 1 hour, 13 minutes in.<br><br>This episode is brought to you by <em>The Sinner.</em>
Aug 20, 2018
Sharp Objects - "Cherry" with Eliza Scanlen
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Joanna Robinson and Richard Lawson discuss "Cherry" the sixth episode of the HBO original series Sharp Objects. The mystery deepens. John Keene gets taunted. Jackie is questioned. Camille and Amma spend some quality time together. This week's interview is actor Eliza Scanlen who discusses roller skating and making "nice girl Amma" different from rebellious Amma.<br><br>Interview begins at 1 hour, 15 minutes.<br>Spoilers begin at 1 hour, 40 minutes.
Aug 13, 2018
Sharp Objects - "Closer" with Chris Messina
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Joanna Robinson and Richard Lawson discuss "Closer" the fifth episode of the HBO original series Sharp Objects. It's time to celebrate Calhoun Day in Wind Gap. Adora forces a shop to open on the holiday. Amma rolls into her performance. Camille and Richard have an encounter. This week's interview is actor Chris Messina who discusses the surprising end scene for Detective Dick, and building up the character of Richard beyond his portrayal in the novel.<br><br>Interview begins at 1 hour, 3 minutes.<br>Spoilers begin at 1 hour, 37 minutes.
Aug 06, 2018
SPONSORED: The Sinner Season 2, Part I
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Emma Stefansky and Matt Singer discuss the first episode of the new season of the limited series <em>The Sinner</em> in this special limited podcast series, sponsored by USA Network.&nbsp;
Aug 02, 2018
Sharp Objects - "Ripe" with Elizabeth Perkins
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Joanna Robinson and Richard Lawson discuss "Ripe" the fourth episode of the HBO original series Sharp Objects. Adora's hand is injured, Jackie appears at a boozy lunch, Alan gets Vickery a drink. A tough conversation between Camille and the detective opens up another painful chapter in her life. This week's interview is actor Elizabeth Perkins who delves into how the show's point of view changes how scenes make the final edit, and hitting the pitch perfect balance between comedy and melancholy to portray Jackie.&nbsp;<br><br>Interview begins at 26 minutes in.<br>Spoilers begin at 1 hour, 31 minutes in.
Jul 30, 2018
Sharp Objects - "Fix"
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Joanna Robinson and Richard Lawson discuss "Fix," the third episode of the HBO original series Sharp Objects. We finally get to learn more about Sydney Sweeney's mysterious Alice who has been popping up in the first couple episodes. Camillie plays two sides against the middle while Adora gets in the way. Amma takes a field trip.
Jul 23, 2018
Sharp Objects - "Dirt" with Gillian Flynn
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Joanna Robinson and Richard Lawson discuss "Dirt," the second episode of the HBO original series Sharp Objects. A funeral in Wind Gap reveals that getting to the bottom of the mystery and Camille's family drama is like...pulling teeth. This week's interview is with author Gillian Flynn who is executive producing the series and reveals how the HBO adaptation is adding and accentuating from her original novel.&nbsp;
Jul 16, 2018
Sharp Objects - "Vanish"
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Joanna Robinson and Richard Lawson discuss "Vanish," the first episode of the HBO original series Sharp Objects. In the episode adapted for the screen by author Gillian Flynn, we meet Camille and are introduced to the mystery she'll need to solve in her old hometown of Wind Gap. Her mother's house is nuts. Alan has a stereo. Amma sometimes wears a ribbon.
Jul 09, 2018
Introducing Still Watching: Sharp Objects
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Vanity Fair critic Richard Lawson and senior writer Joanna Robinson preview the new subject of Still Watching - HBO's adaptation of a Gillian Flynn novel, Sharp Objects.&nbsp; The series starts Sunday, July 8th.
Jul 02, 2018
Westworld - S2, Episode 10: "The Passenger" with Shannon Woodward and Fred Toye
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Joanna Robinson and Richard Lawson reach the end of Ford's long season two game deep in the Forge for the tenth episode of Westworld season two, "The Passenger." Stories converge where The Forge meets The Valley Beyond. Dolores whereabouts are revealed. Bernard's timeline is settled. Old William faces some dire consequences. This week's interviews are Shannon Woodward, who talks about playing Elsie this season, and Executive Producer and director of this episode Fred Toye who tries to answer some of the many questions.
Jun 25, 2018
Westworld - Season 2 Finale Teaser Breakdown
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Joanna Robinson is joined by Insider Senior Culture Writer Kim Renfro to dig absolutely all the clues out of the HBO preview for next Sunday's season two finale "The Passenger." From aspect ratio watching to the differences between The Forge and The Cradle, they've got everyone covered. &nbsp;
Jun 19, 2018
Westworld - S2, Episode 9: "Vanishing Point" with Angela Sarafyan and Katja Herbers
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Joanna Robinson and Richard Lawson diver deeper into the tragedy of the Man in Black for "Vanishing Point," the ninth episode of the second season of Westworld. Emily and William reach an impasse. Elise and Bernard escape the Mesa. Clementine is weaponized. This week's episode has two interviews - Angela Sarafyan who plays Clementine and Katja Herbers who plays Emily Delos in season two.
Jun 18, 2018
Westworld - S2, Episode 8: "Kiksuya" with Zahn McClarnon
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Joanna Robinson and Richard Lawson jump back in time for "Kiksuya," the eighth episode of the second season of Westworld. We meet Akecheta of the Ghost Nation. Maeve's abilities are discovered. This week's interview is Zahn McClarnon, who plays Akecheta and talks about doing an episode in Lakota, plus the particulars of playing a host.
Jun 11, 2018
Westworld - S2, Episode 7: "Les Écorchés" with Jeffrey Wright
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Joanna Robinson and Richard Lawson massacre the Mesa for "Les Écorchés," the seventh episode of the second season of Westworld. Dolores and Teddy kill on the way to Abernathy. Bernard exits the Cradle. Maeve encounters the Man in Black. This week's interview is Jeffrey Wright, who talks about acting different time periods and versions of Bernard's character.
Jun 04, 2018
Westworld - S2, Episode 6: "Phase Space"
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Joanna Robinson and Richard Lawson have their skulls wrenched open to interface with the Cradle for "Phase Space," the sixth episode of the second season of Westworld. Maeve struggles to break loops, Hale calls for backup. Dolores and Teddy take a train ride.
May 28, 2018
Westworld - S2, Episode 5: "Akane No Mai"
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Joanna Robinson and Richard Lawson enter a third park in "Akane No Mai," the fifth episode of the second season of Westworld. Maeve discovers dopplebots, the Shogun isn't well. This week's interview is Simon Quatermain who speaks to delivering a lot of exposition and the complexities of Shogun World.
May 21, 2018
Westworld - S2, Episode 4: "Riddle of the Sphinx"
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Joanna Robinson and Richard Lawson discover more about Delos in "Riddle of the Spinx," the fourth episode of the second season of Westworld. William and Bernard come across old acquaintances, The Man In Black returns to Las Mudas. This week's interview is Jonathan Tucker who discusses how portraying Major Craddock has him thinking like a bird.&nbsp;
May 14, 2018
Westworld - S2, Episode 3: "Virtù e Fortuna"
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Joanna Robinson and Richard Lawson witness a showdown in "Virtù e Fortuna," the third episode of the second season of Westworld.&nbsp; Park border crossings, Confederados at the Fort, and Abernathy returns.&nbsp;
May 07, 2018
Westworld - S2, Episode 2: "Reunion"
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Joanna Robinson and Richard Lawson find most of the hidden clues in "Reunion," the second episode of the second season of Westworld.&nbsp; Lawrence returns, Dolores recruits, and William's journey from white hat to black comes into focus.
Apr 30, 2018
Westworld - S2, Episode 1: "Journey Into Night"
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Joanna Robinson and Richard Lawson probe the little black boxes in their minds to dig up all the hidden clues in the second season premiere of Westworld, titled "Journey into Night." Bernard ends up on a beach, Maeve gets an unlikely ally, and the park descends into chaos.
Apr 23, 2018
Introducing Still Watching: Westworld
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Vanity Fair critic Richard Lawson and senior writer Joanna Robinson preview the new subject of Still Watching - Season 2 of HBO's Westworld!&nbsp; Take a weekly deep dive into the newest episode and fall down the rabbit hole (or into the maze) of theorizing and speculating just what exactly is going on in the park.
Apr 16, 2018
American Crime Story: "Alone" with Nina Jacobson and Brad Simpson
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Joanna Robinson and Richard Lawson discuss "Alone," the final episode of The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story and how the show chose to portray the final days of Andrew Cunanan. More from star Darren Criss and Executive Producers Nina Jacobson and Brad Simpson are the featured interview.
Mar 22, 2018
American Crime Story: "Creator/Destroyer" with Matt Bomer
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Joanna Robinson and Richard Lawson discuss "Creator/Destroyer," the penultimate episode of The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story, including additional bonus segments with lead actor Darren Criss.&nbsp; This week's featured interview is director and frequent Ryan Murphy collaborator Matt Bomer who discusses stepping behind the camera for his directorial debut.&nbsp;
Mar 15, 2018
American Crime Story: "Ascent" with Darren Criss
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Joanna Robinson and Richard Lawson discuss "Ascent," the seventh episode of The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story, delving even deeper into the past to show the problems surrounding the rise of Andrew Cunanan and the world of Versace.&nbsp; This week's featured interview is series star Darren Criss, who discusses bringing the spree killer to life, some little known facts, and some deleted scenes.
Mar 08, 2018
American Crime Story: "Descent" with Gwyneth Horder-Payton
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Joanna Robinson and Richard Lawson discuss "Descent," the sixth episode of The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story, tracking Andrew Cunanan deeper back in time. This week's featured interview is director of this week's and next week's episodes of American Crime Story, frequent Ryan Murphy collaborator Gwyneth Horder-Payton.&nbsp;
Mar 01, 2018
American Crime Story: "Don't Ask Don't Tell" with Finn Wittrock
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<br>Joanna Robinson and Richard Lawson discuss "Don't Ask Don't Tell," the fifth episode of The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story, and find time to mention representation at the Winter Olympics. This week's featured interview is stage actor and frequent Ryan Murphy collaborator Finn Wittrock who talks about playing Jeff Trail and tracking his performance over multiple episodes.
Feb 15, 2018
American Crime Story: "House by the Lake" with Tom Rob Smith and Cody Fern
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Joanna Robinson and Richard Lawson discuss the fourth episode of The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story, which focuses on a very personal murder. This week's featured interviews are episode writer Tom Rob Smith and Australian stage and screen actor Cody Fern who portrays David Madson on the series.
Feb 08, 2018
American Crime Story: "A Random Killing" with Judith Light
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Joanna Robinson and Richard Lawson discuss the third of The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story, which focuses on the murder of Lee Miglin and is the first episode to not feature Versace. This week's featured interview is two time Tony winning actress Judith Light who discusses playing Marilyn Miglin for a single episode.
Feb 01, 2018
American Crime Story: "Manhunt" with Max Greenfield
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Joanna Robinson and Richard Lawson discuss the second of The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story, directed by Nelson Cragg. This week's featured interview is Emmy nominated actor Max Greenfield who discusses portraying Ronnie in the series and his research into the HIV positive community.
Jan 25, 2018
American Crime Story: "The Man Who Would Be Vogue" with Ricky Martin
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Joanna Robinson and Richard Lawson discuss the first episode of The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story, directed by creator Ryan Murphy, and recent reactions to the show from the Versace family. This week's featured interview is singer, actor, and author Ricky Martin who discusses appearing as Antonio D’Amico on the show and the impact the true story had on his life.&nbsp;
Jan 18, 2018
American Crime Story: Vulgar Favors, the Book Behind the Show with Maureen Orth
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Joanna Robinson and Richard Lawson are joined by Katey Rich, deputy editor of VanityFair.com to discuss how the book <em>Vulgar Favors: Andrew Cunanan, Gianni Versace, and the Largest Failed Manhunt in U.S. History</em> inspired the upcoming season of American Crime Story and further informs those curious about Cunanan. This week's featured interview is Maureen Orth, author of Vulgar Favors, who discusses how her <em>Vanity Fair</em> story on Versace’s killer prepared her to write the definitive book in his four-state killing spree culminating in the death of famed designer Versace.&nbsp;
Jan 11, 2018
American Crime Story: Introducing Still Watching: Versace
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Before 2017 is out, Vanity Fair critic Richard Lawson and senior writer Joanna Robinson preview their new podcast. Still Watching: Versace will be a weekly deep dive into <strong>The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story</strong>, the newest crime drama from Ryan Murphy and FX.
Dec 21, 2017