Variety and PBS SoCal Announce Lineup for 2016 Variety Studio: Actors on Actors

LOS ANGELES, Calif. – Variety announces the line-up for the fourth season of Variety Studio: Actors on Actors, co-produced by PBS SoCal. This season of Actors on Actors will feature exclusive one-on-one conversations with today’s Emmy-contending television talent, as they discuss their films, and their careers. Clips will appear on, and full episodes will air on PBS SoCal and PBS stations around the country (check local listings).

This year’s conversations will include: Aziz Ansari (Master of None), Bobby Cannavale (Vinyl), Rachel Bloom (Crazy Ex-Girlfriend), Emilia Clarke (Game of Thrones), Jamie Lee Curtis (Scream Queens), Kirsten Dunst (Fargo), Jay Duplass (Transparent), Billy Eichner (Difficult People), Sam Heughan (Outlander), Tom Hiddleston (The Night Manager), Felicity Huffman (American Crime), Lady Gaga (American Horror Story), Jennifer Lopez (Shades of Blue), Rob Lowe (Grinder), Rami Malek (Mr. Robot), Thomas Middleditch (Silicon Valley), Aaron Paul (The Path), Sarah Paulson (American Crime Story), Krysten Ritter (Jessica Jones), Tracee Ellis Ross (Black-ish), Patrick Stewart (Blunt Talk), John Travolta (American Crime Story), Courtney B. Vance (American Crime Story) and Kerry Washington (Confirmation).

The conversations – which are presented on by Shopbop / East Dane and sponsored by American Airlines – will appear in the June 7 issue of Variety and will stream on PBS SoCal will premiere the two episodes of Actors on Actors on June 12 and June 19 at 7 p.m. PST.

“Variety is thrilled to cover the best actors on television in this season’s Actors on Actors for PBS stations,” said Debra Birnbaum, Executive Editor of Television. “This season’s lineup includes actors from some of the top new television programs and showcases the wide diversity of roles for actors on broadcast, cable and streaming platforms. We are so proud to continue our partnership with PBS SoCal and deliver dynamic and in depth conversations to their audience this June.”

“Through their craft, the actors interviewed on Actors on Actors effortlessly spark our imaginations and take us to new places,” said Andy Russell, President and CEO of PBS SoCal. “Through this partnership with Variety we are pleased to enhance the experience of fans of great television – providing them greater insight into the people who bring them their favorite dramas, comedies and more.”

PBS SoCal is the national presenting station for the Variety Studio: Actors on Actors series. The flagship PBS station for Los Angeles and Southern California, PBS SoCal works with filmmakers to develop and broadcast high-quality programs and series that tell compelling stories and give voice to the important issues of our time. A number of these are distributed to and aired by PBS stations nationally. For more information please visit

Presenting sponsor Shopbop / East Dane will be providing styling for the Actors on Actors photo shoot as well as offering their online visitors a behind the scenes sneak peak at the stars’ participating in this year’s series. American Airlines will be asking participants of the studio to raise miles for their Kids In Need program.

About Variety
Variety remains the seminal voice of the entertainment industry for 111 years and counting. Featuring award-winning breaking news reporting, insightful award-season coverage, must-read feature spotlights and intelligent analysis of the industry’s most prominent players, Variety is the trusted source for the business of global entertainment. Read by a highly engaged audience of industry insiders, Variety’s multi-platform content coverage expands across digital, mobile, social, print and branded events and summits.

In 2015 Variety’s “Actors on Actors” on PBS was awarded the Emmy for best entertainment programming at the Television Academy’s 67th Los Angeles area Emmy Awards. “Actors on Actors,” which is an interview special that features pairings of prominent actors discussing their craft, was produced by PBS SoCal in partnership with Variety Media, LLC. Follow Variety on Facebook; Twitter, @variety; Instagram, @Variety; Pintrest and Snapchat. The Variety Group – Variety,, Variety Insight, Indiewire, LA 411, NY 411 – is owned by Variety Media, LLC, a division of Penske Media Corporation.

About PBS SoCal KOCE
PBS SoCal KOCE is the home to PBS for Greater Los Angeles and Southern California, dedicated to fostering a love of learning, culture and community using the power of public media. We deliver the full schedule of high-quality PBS programs, plus content that is for, about and by the people of Southern California. We make our content available for free through three broadcast channels– PBS SoCal/KOCE-HD, PBS SoCal Plus and PBS SoCal World. It is also available anytime, anywhere at, on our mobile apps, and via connected TV services. And we reach deep into the community through partnerships, events and grassroots outreach, providing early education resources and access to a broad array of arts and culture experiences. PBS SoCal has offices in Century City, Costa Mesa, and Los Angeles. Learn more at and follow PBS SoCal on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Snapchat.

About Shopbop and East Dane is the go-to online shopping destination for modern style, offering women around the world the comprehensive, hand-picked selection of established and emerging designers. Working with over 1,000 brands worldwide, offers women in 165 countries an assortment of ready-to-wear and accessories with fast, free global shipping worldwide and free returns in the U.S. and Canada.

Founded in 2013, East Dane is an online menswear destination helping guys around the world discover the best in their individual style. With fast, free global shipping, East Dane—the brother site to Shopbop—reaches men worldwide, offering a curated assortment of luxury, contemporary and emerging brands. Partnered with editorialized content and integrated marketing programs, we inform and inspire our customer on real-life style.

Shopbop and East Dane are part of the Inc. group of companies.

About American Airlines Group
American Airlines and American Eagle offer an average of nearly 6,700 flights per day to nearly 350 destinations in more than 50 countries. American has hubs in Charlotte, Chicago, Dallas/Fort Worth, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, Philadelphia, Phoenix, and Washington, D.C. American is a founding member of the oneworld alliance, whose members and members-elect serve nearly 1,000 destinations with 14,250 daily flights to 150 countries. Shares of American Airlines Group Inc. trade on Nasdaq under the ticker symbol AAL. In 2015, its stock joined the S&P 500 index. Connect with American on Twitter @AmericanAir and at