Patricia Heaton is arguably the most popular TV mom of the past two decades, starring in over 200 episodes of “Everybody Loves Raymond” and now approaching 150 of “The Middle.” We talked about her career, how she’s recognized for different roles in different parts of the world, and why she decided to add 10 hour days to her existing 12 hour days in shooting a new Food Network show, “Patricia Heaton Parties,” which premieres October 24th at 11CT.Follow @bigwakeupcall
Dave Foley is a comedy legend who starred in the classic TV series “Kids In The Hall” and “Newsradio.” He’s now featured in Ken Jeong’s new series “Dr. Ken,” where he plays a hospital administrator who is Ken’s nemesis. We discussed why he’s fine with being called a comedy legend, my favorite Kids In The Hall sketch, how he trained to be a nemesis, and why actually being hired for the part is probably the most important factor in playing a character.
“Dr. Ken” premieres tonight at 7:30CT on ABC-7 Chicago.Follow @bigwakeupcall
Tommy Davidson starred on the legendary comedy series “In Living Color” and is currently featured in the animated series “Black Dynamite” on Adult Swim. He will be switching places with Corey Feldman on “Celebrity Wife Swap” tomorrow night on ABC. We discussed how he got involved with the show, what he’d like people to see, and a special time he hosted a party for Michael Jackson.Follow @bigwakeupcall
Rumer Willis and Val Chmerkovskiy are “Team ValenRue” on ABC’s “Dancing With the Stars.” We visited with them about their preparations for the upcoming “Latin Night,” how they’re developing their chemistry as dance partners, and how they’re feeling the love on social media.Follow @bigwakeupcall
Sharon Lawrence is featured in a new movie “Grace.” It’s out now on DVD, Blu-Ray and video on demand. We talked about what drew her to her role in the movie, how she strives for parts that play as authentic and meaningful, and we also chatted about how NYPD Blue still resonates with its fans.
Sam Palladio is the voice of “Roland” in Disney’s new animated feature “Strange Magic.” We discussed why Brits are so good at southern accents, how he restrained himself from totally geeking out when meeting George Lucas, and why he hopes he’ll soon be an action figure.Follow @bigwakeupcall
Jon Tenney played Fritz Howard for seven seasons on “The Closer” and continues the role on TNT’s “Major Crimes.” His character in particular is featured in the two-part season 3 finale, which airs Monday night at 8CT. We discussed the evolution of his character, the devotion of fans of the series, and how he manages to be on two hit shows at once (he also plays Vice President Nichols on ABC’s “Scandal”).Follow @bigwakeupcall
Clinton Kelly co-hosted over 300 episodes of “What Not to Wear” and is now featured on ABC’s hit daytime show “The Chew.” We talked about the rules of winter fashion, high-end sweatpants, and how to deal with oversized pictures of yourself at Macy’s.Follow @bigwakeupcall