Variety and PBS SoCal Announce New Season and Talent Line-up for Variety Studio: Actors on Actors

Ninth season of actor on actor conversations will premiere on PBS SoCal January 2019; clips will stream on starting in December.

LOS ANGELES, CA – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE / November 15, 2018 –Variety and PBS SoCal announced today the actor lineup and schedule for the ninth season of the Los Angeles Area EMMY®Award-winning Variety Studio: Actors on Actors, a series of four specials co-produced by PBS SoCal. The new season will include exclusive one-on-one conversations with top acting talent from this year’s most notable films expected to contend this Awards season. The first two episodes will premiere on PBS SoCal on Tuesday, January 8th at 7PM with episodes three and four set to premiere on Thursday, January 10th at 7PM. All episodes will stream on following their premieres.

Variety’s Actors on Actors issue will hit newsstands on December 4th with clips appearing on starting at the beginning of December presented by Amazon Studios.

This season will feature the following actor pairings and conversations:

Lady Gaga (A Star is Born) with Lin-Manuel Miranda (Mary Poppins Returns)

Mahershala Ali (Green Book) with John David Washington (BlacKkKlansman)

Emily Blunt (A Quiet Place / Mary Poppins Returns) with Hugh Jackman (The Front Runner)

Emma Stone (The Favourite) with Timothée Chalamet (Beautiful Boy)

Melissa McCarthy (Can You Ever Forgive Me?) with Lupita Nyong’o (Black Panther)

Nicole Kidman (Destroyer/Boy Erased) with Amy Adams (Vice)

Charlize Theron (Tully) with Michael B. Jordan (Black Panther)

Armie Hammer (On the Basis of Sex / Sorry to Bother You) with Dakota Johnson (Suspiria)

Glenn Close (The Wife) with Sam Elliott (A Star is Born)

Viggo Mortensen (Green Book) with Chadwick Boseman (Black Panther)

Regina King (If Beale Street Could Talk) with Maggie Gyllenhaal (The Kindergarten Teacher)

John Krasinski (A Quiet Place) with Rosamund Pike (A Private War)

Felicity Jones (On the Basis of Sex) with Constance Wu (Crazy Rich Asians)

“In only a few years, Variety’s Actors on Actors has become a become a crucial stop on the road to the Oscars,” said New York Bureau Chief, Variety Ramin Setoodeh. “We are delighted to be partnering again with PBS SoCal for a series of illuminating conversations with the bravest actors at the movies this year.”

Variety Studio: Actors on Actors will be airing on PBS stations across the nation starting in January (check local listings).

“We are proud to once again partner with Variety Studio: Actors on Actors to bring Southern California audiences as well as viewers across the country into the hearts and minds of Hollywood’s most acclaimed talent,” said Andrew Russell, President and CEO, Public Media Group of Southern California. “Being in the business of telling stories that matter, PBS SoCal has a passion for creating smart, original content that captures the spirit of the region. We look forward to bringing viewers these intimate conversations from this incomparable lineup of actors included in this season whom we admire for their work and contribution to their craft.”

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In 2015 and 2016, Variety Studio: Actors on Actors was awarded a Los Angeles Area EMMY®Award for Best Entertainment Programming. “Actors on Actors,” 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. The Variety Group – Variety,, Variety Insight, IndieWire, LA 411, NY 411 – is owned by Variety Media, LLC, a division of Penske Media Corporation.

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