The legendary William Shatner made his debut appearance on The Big Wakeup Call when he called in to talk about his upcoming appearance at the Rosemont Theatre on March 8, where he’ll be hosting a special screening of Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, followed by a conversation and Q&A. We had a fun chat about re-visiting his films, thoughtfully answering fans’ questions, and if we’ll see a tour for the 30th anniversary of Star Trek V: The Final Frontier (my favorite of the series…and incidentally the one he directed).
John Michael Higgins returned to the show as promised to talk about season 2 of his hit show AmericaSays, now airing weeknights at 9/8c on GSN. John talked about what makes a good contestant, the new twists, turns and special effects this season, and whether or not I could be the loud, overly enthusiastic announcer.
Emmy and Golden Globe Award-winning actor Tom Berenger called in to talk about his latest movie, American Dresser, which is now out on DVD and Blu-Ray combo pack. We discussed working with Keith David again, motorcycle helmet laws, and the joys of packing up and moving.
Emmy and Tony Award-winning actor Hal Linden gave us a call to talk about his critically-acclaimed film “The Samuel Project.” We also discussed his concert tours and how it’s never too late to chase a dream.
John Michael Higgins called in to talk about his new game show America Says, airing 5 days a week at 4ET/3CT on Game Show Network. After a brief chat about Walk Hard (I quote his record producer character at least once a week), John filled us in on how the game show works, his game show hosting style, and getting to say the most famous line ever uttered in game show-dom.
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.
Emmy Award-winning and Tony Award-nominated actor Bobby Cannavale called into promote the release of “Jumanji: Welcome to The Jungle,” out now on digital, and coming to DVD and Blu-Ray on March 20th. We also discussed Boardwalk Empire, how we’re both members of the “old dad’s club,” and unfortunately ended on a down note with a chat about the Jets and the Bears.
Horror movie legend Kane Hodder called in to talk about the surprise 4th installment of the “Hatchet” series, “Victor Crowley,” which is available on digital and on demand on February 6th. We talked about where the story picks up, why he still does his own stunts, what’s it like to literally rip someone’s head apart, and the immortal sleeping bag scene from Friday the 13th Part VII.
Harry Lloyd called in to discuss his role in”Counterpart,” premiering Sunday night (1/21) at 8/7c on Starz. We discussed the challenge of playing an espionage agent in two different worlds, working with the amazing J.K. Simmons, and why British actors can sound more American than actual Americans.
Erik Estrada called in to talk about his returning gig hosting The 86th Annual Hollywood Christmas Parade, airing this Friday (12/15) at 8/7c on the CW. We also discussed why the “Chips” merchandise when I was a kid only kind of sort of looked like him.