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



Actor on Actor Interviews to Air on PBS SoCaL in Southern California 

LOS ANGELES, CA, March 27, 2015 – Variety and PBS SoCaL present the Variety Studio: Actors on Actors, the eighth installment of Variety’s awards season video series, to film on March 28th and March 29th in Hollywood. Successfully premiering on PBS SoCaL in December 2014, the Variety Studio: Actors on Actors series also aired on over 100 PBS stations across the country reaching viewers from New York to Los Angeles and Chicago to Miami.

Variety has partnered again with PBS SoCaL, PBS for Greater Los Angeles, for a second season of Actors on Actors that will focus on Emmy contending actors in the television space. The first episode will premiere on June 14 at 7:00pm, with a second episode airing on Sunday, June 21 at 7:00pm on PBS SoCaL. The episodes will also stream on beginning in June. The Variety Studio: Actors on Actors will also be aired by WNET/WLIW in New York and be distributed to PBS stations around the country in July. Check local listings.

“Some of the most brilliant and compelling names in television have gathered together to engage in one-on-one discussions about the art of acting,” said Claudia Eller, Co-Editor-in-Chief, Variety. “With the success from our series debut in December 2014, we are excited to bring the Emmy Edition of Variety Studio: Actors on Actors to the distinguished viewers of PBS.”

“We had a tremendous response to the premiere season of Variety Studio: Actors on Actors, and our partnership with Variety has been terrific,” said Andy Russell, PBS SoCaL General Manager. “Working with one of the most respected entertainment industry publications, we’re excited to bring to PBS audiences a new season of great conversations and fascinating insights from some of the best actors on television today.”

Featured conversations will include: Justin Theroux (The Leftovers) with Josh Gad (The Comedians), Ilana Glazer & Abi Jacobson (Broad City) with Fred Armisen & Carrie Brownstein (Portlandia), Kerry Washington (Scandal) with Jimmy Kimmel, Julia Louis-Dreyfus (Veep) with Jeffrey Tambor (Transparent), Queen Latifah (Bessie) with Taraji P. Henson (Empire), Mindy Kaling (The Mindy Project) with Conan O’Brien, Julianna Margulies (The Good Wife) with Clive Owen (The Knick), Viola Davis (How To Get Away With Murder) with Jane Fonda (Grace & Frankie), Jessica Lange (American Horror Story) with Taylor Schilling (Orange is the New Black), Uzo Aduba (Orange is the New Black) with Gina Rodriguez (Jane the Virgin), Liev Schreiber (Ray Donovan) with Maggie Gyllenhaal (An Honorable Woman), Michael Sheen (Masters of Sex) with Bob Odenkirk (Better Call Saul), Matt LeBlanc (Episodes) with Jesse Tyler Ferguson (Modern Family), Allison Janney (Mom) with Lizzy Caplan (Masters of Sex), Claire Danes (Homeland) with Don Cheadle (House of Lies), and Jamie Dornan (The Fall) with Michael Kelly (House of Cards)

PBS SoCaL is the national presenting station for the Variety Studio: Actors on Actors series. As 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 our viewers. PBS SoCaL National Productions is proud to distribute a number of these completed programs and series to PBS stations nationally each year. For more information about PBS SoCaL National Productions please go to

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PBS SoCaL is the only station in the Greater Los Angeles area providing the full PBS schedule to Southern California and is home to all PBS program premieres as they are released nationally. As Southern California’s flagship PBS station, PBS SoCaL provides early education, access to a broad array of arts and culture, and programs for, about and by the people of Southern California. PBS SoCaL is the parent to three unique broadcast channels, PBS SoCaL/KOCE-HD, PBS SoCaL Plus, and PBS SoCaL World, which are dedicated to educating, entertaining and enlightening viewers throughout Southern California. PBS SoCaL offices are located in Downtown LA, Century City and Costa Mesa.  PBS SoCaL is proudly, our communities’ largest classroom, largest stage for the arts and trusted source of information. Explore the future of PBS in Southern California at