Best of Television Acting Talent Lined Up for Twelfth Season of PBS SoCal Series VARIETY STUDIO: ACTORS ON ACTORS

Chelsea Grosbeck

Emmy®-Winning Series Premieres with Virtual Conversations
Starting July 17 on PBS SoCal and on PBS Stations Nationwide

(Image courtesy of PBS SoCal and Variety)

Programming will also be available for streaming on PBS platforms, including and the PBS Video App, available on iOS, Android, Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV and Chromecast. PBS members will be available to view all episodes via Passport.

Burbank, Calif. – June 30, 2020 – Variety and PBS SoCal, Southern California’s home for the premieres of new PBS programs, announced today the schedule for the twelfth season of the Emmy® Award-winning series VARIETY STUDIO: ACTORS ON ACTORS. Co-produced by PBS SoCal, the newest season of half-hour specials will offer audiences exclusive, one-on-one virtual conversations between top acting talent from this year’s most notable television shows who are expected to contend this Emmy® season. The first two episodes of the new season will premiere back-to-back on Fri., July 17 at 8 p.m. and 8:30 on PBS SoCal and episodes three and four will premiere on Fri. July 24 at 8 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. on PBS SoCal. All episodes will stream on following their premieres and will also be available to watch on the free PBS Video app.

“We’re pleased to be working closely with our partners at Variety on a remarkable new season of Variety Studio: Actors on Actors,” said Andrew Russell, President and CEO, PBS SoCal. “Nationwide, PBS stations continue their support and appreciation of ‘Actors on Actors’ because our viewers are interested in its special, behind-the-scenes view into Southern California’s entertainment industry and the people who make it so unique. The new lineup of actors is sure to please as these in-depth conversations are relevant now more than ever.”

“Variety is excited to debut the 2020 ‘Actors on Actors’ Emmy Edition directly from the safety of the homes of this season’s top Emmy-award contending talent,” said Variety Group Publisher and Chief Revenue Officer, Michelle Sobrino-Stearns. “Our partnership with PBS SoCal on Variety’s three-time Emmy winning series, takes our viewers inside the biggest television shows of the past year through these candid one-on-one conversations.”

VARIETY STUDIO: ACTORS ON ACTORS will be airing on PBS stations across the nation starting in July (check local listings). Variety’s Actors on Actors issue hit newsstands on June 23.

The new season of the series features conversations below and will air as follows (subject to change):

Fri., July. 17 at 8 p.m.
This episode features Regina King (Watchmen) with Reese Witherspoon (Little Fires Everywhere), Anne Hathaway (Modern Love) with Hugh Jackman (Bad Education) and Kieran Culkin (Succession) with Dan Levy (Schitt’s Creek).

Fri., July 17 at 8:30 p.m.
This episode features Sandra Oh (Killing Eve) with Kerry Washington (Little Fires Everywhere), Tessa Thompson (Westworld) with Ramy Youssef (Ramy) and Russell Crowe (The Loudest Voice) with Nicole Kidman (Big Little Lies).

Fri., July 24 at 8 p.m.
This episode features Jennifer Aniston (The Morning Show) with Lisa Kudrow (Space Force), Daveed Diggs (Snowpiercer) with Anthony Mackie (Altered Carbon) and Henry Cavill (The Witcher) with Patrick Stewart (Star Trek: Picard).

Fri., July 24 at 8:30 p.m.
This episode features Claire Danes (Homeland) with Damian Lewis (Billions), Zendaya (Euphoria) with Mj Rodriguez (Pose) and Chris Evans (Defending Jacob) with Paul Rudd (Living with Yourself).

In May 2019, Variety’s “Actors on Actors” on PBS took home a Daytime Creative Arts Emmy award and has been awarded the Emmy for best entertainment programming at the 2015 and 2016 Los Angeles Area Emmy Awards. “Actors on Actors,” an interview special that features pairings of prominent actors discussing their craft, is produced by PBS SoCal in partnership with Variety Media, LLC. Follow Variety on Facebook; Twitter, @variety; Instagram, @Variety The Variety Group – Variety,, Variety Insight, Indiewire – is owned by Variety Media, LLC, a division of Penske Media Corporation.

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