Category Archives: TV

Taraji P. Henson on ‘Hidden Figures,’ ‘Empire’ and Being Cookie

Taraji P. Henson doesn’t like getting bored. She’s had an exciting career run lately, starring in the hit movie “Hidden Figures” and continuing her star turn as Cookie in the TV series “Empire.” She stopped by the WSJ Cafe recently and she told me in an interview that she’s already thinking about her career after “Empire” because she enjoys the challenge of playing new characters. Could a superhero role be in her future? Watch the videos.

Mandy Moore on Jack’s Death, Her Music, and ‘This Is Us’

I’m trying to reverse-engineer episodes of “This Is Us” to figure out how the NBC drama manages to wring so much emotion out of every episode. I got some insight into the show when co-star Mandy Moore stopped by the WSJ Cafe to talk about her role on “This Is Us,” how she landed the gig, and what we need to know about the death of Jack on the show. Here are the clips:

Mandy Moore previews the first season finale of “This Is Us”:

Mandy Moore on how Jack dies (no spoilers!):

My full interview with Mandy Moore:

‘Luke Cage’ Star Mike Colter on Hoodies, Harlem and Superheroes

“Luke Cage” star Mike Colter stopped by the Wall Street Journal’s WSJ Cafe to talk to me about why Black superheroes matter. We also talked about hoodies, Harlem and whether The Defenders (that’s Cage’s superhero crew) might someday match up with the better-known Avengers. If you’ve been binging on the new series “Luke Cage,” which was recently released on Netflix, or if you’re a Marvel fanboy or fangirl, you’re going to want to watch this on-camera interview.

‘Outlander’ Star Caitriona Balfe Explains How to Travel to France on a Budget

The Starz TV series “Outlander” took a turn this season when the Scotland-based show suddenly turned up in France. Turns out, though, that the cast and crew filmed many of the Paris-set scenes in Prague and on sound stages…in Scotland. I decided to have the star of the show, Caitriona Balfe, stop by the WSJ Cafe to explain the whole thing to me. She also talked a bit about her coming movie “Money Monster.” Watch the video.

CNBC’s Sharon Epperson Poses Questions at GOP Debate on Student Loans, Retirement

My favorite moments at this week’s GOP debate were when my wife, CNBC senior personal finance correspondent Sharon Epperson, challenged the candidates to confront two of the biggest issues facing America: student loans and retirement. Nobody wants to talk about retirement in part because it’s hard to face up to the idea of getting old, and many folks don’t want to talk about student loans because we’re filled with guilt about failing our young. Retirement and student loans may not be sexy subjects, but they are just the kind of important issues candidates need to grapple with during an election year. “This country has over $100 billion in student loan defaults–that’s billion with a b,” Sharon said during the debates, before posing her question. “What will you do to make sure that students, their families, taxpayers, won’t feel the economic impact of this burden for generations?” Here are the videos of the questions Sharon posed to the GOP candidates.

Danai Gurira AKA Michonne on ‘The Walking Dead’ Season Premiere

I spent the summer binge-watching every episode of “The Walking Dead,” and all that time in front of the tube paid off. Actress Danai Gurira, who co-stars as Michonne on “The Walking Dead,” stopped by the WSJ Café to talk to me about the new season of the show. Gurira also discussed her play at the Public Theater, “Eclipsed,” that deals with civil war in Liberia and stars Oscar-winner Lupita Nyong’o.

For more, go to the WSJ Cafe.