Variety and PBS SoCal Announce New Season of Variety Studio: Actors on Actors

LOS ANGELES, Calif. – Variety and PBS SoCal present Variety Studio: Actors on Actors, the fourth installment of the awards season series, which will begin airing Sunday, June 12 at 7 p.m. on PBS SoCal (KOCE HD). PBS SoCal recently won a Los Angeles area Emmy® for a special episode of Variety Studio: Actors on Actors that aired in 2014.

The fourth season of Variety Studio: Actors on Actors will once again feature fascinating, intimate conversations between the top talent from the year’s most notable television programs. This season has two episodes:

Episode 401 airs Sunday, June 12 at 7:00 p.m. with the following actors:

  • Lady Gaga (American Horror Story: Hotel) with Jamie Lee Curtis (Scream Queens)
  • Courtney B. Vance (American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson) with Tracee Ellis Ross (Black-ish)
  • Jennifer Lopez (Shades of Blue) with Felicity Huffman (American Crime)
  • Aaron Paul (The Path) with Tom Hiddleston (The Night Manager)
  • Emilia Clarke (Game of Thrones) with Jay Duplass (Transparent)

Episode 402 airs Sunday, June 19 at 7:00 p.m. with the following actors:

  • Sarah Paulson (American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson) with Bobby Cannavale (Vinyl)
  • Kerry Washington (Confirmation) with Aziz Ansari (Master of None)
  • Rami Malek (Mr. Robot) with Kirsten Dunst (Fargo)
  • Rob Lowe (The Grinder) with John Travolta (American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson)
  • Patrick Stewart (Blunt Talk) with Thomas Middleditch (Silicon Valley)

The Variety Studio: Actors on Actors series will air in New York on WNET in June and be distributed to PBS stations around the country in July (check local listings.) The episodes will also air nationally on public broadcasting’s World Channel Sunday, July 17 at 5pm ET/2pm PT and 6pm ET/3pm PT.

PBS SoCal is the co-producer and national presenting station for the Variety Studio: Actors on Actors series. The flagship PBS station in Southern California, PBS SoCal works with filmmakers to develop and broadcast high-quality programs and series that educate, entertain and enlighten viewers. A number of completed programs and series are distributed to PBS stations nationally each year. For more information please visit

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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.