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 third installment of the awards season series, which will begin airing December 27 at 6:00 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, which aired last December.

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

Episode 301 airs Sunday, December 27 at 6:00 p.m.

  • Cate Blanchett (Blue Jasmine & Truth) and Ian McKellen (Mr. Holmes)
  • Will Smith (Concussion) and Benicio Del Toro (Sicario)
  • Michael Keaton (Spotlight) and Samuel L. Jackson (The Hateful Eight)
  • Brie Larson (Room) and Joel Edgerton (Black Mass)

Episode 302 airs Sunday, December 27 at 7:00 p.m.

  • Saoirse Ronan (Brooklyn) and Kate Winslet (Steve Jobs)
  • Steve Carell (The Big Short) and Rooney Mara (Carol)
  • Bryan Cranston (Trumbo) and Jason Segel (The End of the Tour)
  • Elizabeth Banks (Love & Mercy) and Carey Mulligan (Suffragette)

Episode 303 airs Sunday, January 3 at 7:00 p.m.

      Amy Schumer (Trainwreck) and Lily Tomlin (Grandma)


      Charlotte Rampling (45 Years) and Isabella Rossellini (Joy)


      Jennifer Jason Leigh (The Hateful Eight) and Seth Rogen (Steve Jobs)


    Paul Dano (Love & Mercy) and Joseph Gordon-Levitt (The Walk)

The Variety Studio: Actors on Actors series will also air in New York on WNET/WLIW and be distributed to PBS stations around the country in January. (Check local listings.)

We are thrilled to be continuing the Actors on Actors series for a third season on PBS,” said Michelle Sobrino, Publisher, Variety. “Actors on Actors offers viewers an exclusive opportunity to observe candid insights into the artistry and inspiration of onscreen talent at the peak of their craft. Variety couldn’t be more proud of this Emmy winning show and is grateful to PBS SoCal for the continued partnership.”

Variety Studio: Actors on Actors provides an insightful look into the creative process and the careers of today’s most acclaimed actors,” said Andy Russell, President & CEO of PBS SoCal. “Our partnership with Variety has helped us bring fans of all things Hollywood this exclusive look behind the scenes of an incredible national industry.”

PBS SoCal is the 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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