Billy Brown stars in ABC’s “How to Get Away With Murder” as the love interest of Viola Davis, and is now featured in a new movie “Proud Mary” opposite Taraji P. Henson. We chatted about filming in Chicago, his experiences on “Dexter” and working with the legendary Danny Glover.Follow @bigwakeupcall
Michelle Tauber is People magazine’s Royals Editor, and she called in to talk about a two-part series presented by People and airing Wednesday, August 9 and Thursday, August 10 at 9/8c on ABC, “The Story of Diana,” commemorating the 20th anniversary of her tragic death and examining her life and legacy.Follow @bigwakeupcall
Anson Williams called in to talk about his appearance on the new “Battle of the Network Stars” (which took him 40 years to get an invitation) and share information on his battle against drowsy driving with a new product, alert drops, created in partnership with his uncle, Dr. Henry Heimlich.Follow @bigwakeupcall
It’s always fun to chat with Clinton Kelly! Clinton called in to talk about his new book “I Hate Everyone, Except You,” which is a fun collection of essays, short stories and even a sitcom script. We discussed if I was indeed the “Except You,” how he finds time to write when he’s a busy TV host, and what we can expect when he comes to a bookstore near you. Plus: I suggest a puppet show and dare to ask if I’m the “Except You” mentioned in the title.
Diedrich Bader stars in the new ABC comedy “American Housewife,” where he gets to play a character much like himself in real life. It’s nice to see a TV dad that’s neither a blowhard nor a know-it-all nor a bumbling simpleton. We discussed the show’s unique quirkiness, the chemistry of the cast, and why we still relate to his character in “Office Space.”Follow @bigwakeupcall
The last time Ken Jeong called in to our show, we got sidetracked talking about the triangle offense of the ’90s Chicago Bulls, so this time I wanted to make sure we talked about a new episode of “Dr. Ken,” which Ken says is the best episode of the series yet. We also discussed a potential crossover episode with “Shark Tank,” and why he insists on a level of authenticity for his show.
“Dr. Ken” is on tonight at 8:30/7:30c on ABC.Follow @bigwakeupcall
Daymond John from ABC’s “Shark Tank” called in to talk about Miller Lite’s “Tap The Future” contest, where entrepreneurs with an original business idea can compete for $200,000 in funding and receive expert advice from Daymond. He was joined by Brian Hill, last week’s winner, who shared his experiences on what it was like to pitch his idea to Daymond in person.
Enter online now at MLTaptheFuture.com.Follow @bigwakeupcall
Regina King is currently starring in American Crime on ABC, with new episodes each Wednesday at 10/9c. We discussed her award-winning role in season one, why she immediately signed back on for season two, and how the anthology series format delivers a great deal of freedom for the cast. Regina also gives us a preview of tomorrow night’s episode that might be one of the best teasers of all time.Follow @bigwakeupcall
John Ridley is an Academy Award-winning writer (Best Adapted Screenplay for 12 Years a Slave) and is also the creator and producer of the Emmy award-winning series American Crime, which returns for its second season tomorrow night at 9 on ABC-7 Chicago. We talked about the advantages and challenges of producing an anthology series, how the show was re-cast for season two, and the topics and themes that will be explored this season.Follow @bigwakeupcall
Critically-acclaimed actor Jeremy Sisto called in to talk about his new series “Wicked City,” which airs Tuesdays at 10/9c on ABC. We discussed his role as an LAPD detective investigating a serial killer in 1982 on LA’s Sunset Strip, how he centers himself to play the character in a specific space and time, and why you should give the show a “True Detective”-like chance to catch on. Also listen for a brief cameo appearance from Jeremy’s during the interview that could likely result in heart melting.Follow @bigwakeupcall